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silly, absurd


harebrained = närrisch, verrückt --- GOOGLE INDEX harebrained: approximately 1,000,000 Google hits



Breeding hairless guinea pigs seen as a HAREBRAINED idea

(The Toronto Star - News Headline)

The more your child practices taking an idea - even a completely HAREBRAINED one - and turning it into a reality, the more developed his or her skills will be in creativity, problem solving and persistence.

(The San Francisco Chronicle)

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- rash, foolish or badly thought out

(Collins English Dictionary)

Although the concept of harebrained can be traced to the beginning of mankind, the use of the word was first recorded in the middle of the 16th century. The spelling "hairbrained" also has a long history, going back to the 1500s when hair was a variant spelling of hare.

The hair variant was preserved in Scotland into the 18th century. As a result it is impossible to tell exactly when people began writing hairbrained in the belief that the word means "having a hair-sized brain" rather than "with no more sense than a hare" (hare is a large rabbit with long ears).

While "hairbrained" continues to be used and confused, language experts consider this a harebrained practice that should be avoided in favour of harebrained which has been established as the correct spelling.


absurd, crazy, empty-headed, foolish, half-baked, loony, mindless, preposterous, rash

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"Be prepared for opposition, some colleagues will consider that a harebrained idea."

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