adjective Date: circa 1932 1. often vulgar lacking significance, adequacy, or completeness 2. often vulgar lacking intelligence, character, or effectiveness • half-assed adverb, often vulgar

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  • half-assed — [ ,hæf æst ] adjective AMERICAN IMPOLITE done in a careless or lazy way: She made a few half assed attempts at doing the exercises, and then gave up …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • half-assed — [haf′ast΄] adj. Slang having or showing little thought, care, or foresight: somewhat vulgar: also half ass …   English World dictionary

  • half-assed — (adj.) ineffectual, 1932, perhaps a humorous mispronunciation of HAPHAZARD (Cf. haphazard) …   Etymology dictionary

  • half-assed — half′ assed′ Slang: Usu. Vulgar. 1) insufficient or haphazard 2) incompetent 3) in a haphazard or incompetent manner • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • half-assed — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective 1. slang : lacking significance, adequacy, or completeness : deficient wasn t going to do a half assed job R.O.Bowen 2. slang : lacking intelligence …   Useful english dictionary

  • half-assed — [B] incomplete, half missing    There s a guy at the door with a half assed invention for sale …   English idioms

  • half-assed — adj ill considered, incomplete, ineffectual. An expression which appeared in British and American usage around the turn of the 20th century. The term may origi nate in the notion of something which has less than a whole solid base or, according… …   Contemporary slang

  • half assed — Synonyms and related words: amateur, amateurish, artless, botched, bungling, clumsy, dabbling, defective, deficient, dilettante, dilettantish, half baked, half cocked, haphazard, hit and miss, hit or miss, immature, inadept, inadequate, inapt,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • half-assed — /haf ast , hahf /, adj. Slang (vulgar). 1. insufficient or haphazard; not fully planned or developed. 2. incompetent; lacking sufficient ability or knowledge. [1960 65; HALF + ASS2 + ED3] * * * …   Universalium

  • half-assed — adjective poorly or incompetently done …   Wiktionary

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