from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Imperfectly learned.


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  • Mr. Kuroda said markets may have only "half-learned the lesson" of the Kobe earthquake in 1995, Japan's last major natural disaster.

    ADB Official Skeptical of Future Yen Surges

  • Silly cracker-barrel stuff, mostly, although he had a curious store of half-learned knowledge; Bunyan was a favourite, and he was well up on Napoleon and Caesar and assorted military history.


  • This was a lesson I had half-learned in the writing of my fourth novel Pas de Chat.

    Lucinda Week, Day 7: What Will I See When I Look Back

  • I say this lesson was half-learned because, despite the obvious advantages of having someone "in-house" to keep me on the right track in terms of plot and to prevent me from skipping down descriptive primrose paths, I resist.

    Lucinda Week, Day 7: What Will I See When I Look Back

  • Wozniak refused to be satisfied with the broken, half-learned English that so many otherwise smart students were stuck with.

    Want to Remember Everything You'll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm

  • He is the subject of jokes and he jokes himself about his clumsiness with words, but his mispronunciations and malapropisms suggest a mind of half-learned language that is eerily compatible with his indifference to truth, his disdain for knowledge as a foundation of a democratic society.


  • Where I would scribble volumes of half-learned essays and juke my way through government class based solely on memory, he tried to base his learning on what he had studied that morning, over a fried egg and a cup of coffee at the kitchen table.

    outfoxed Diary Entry

  • The learned, the half-learned, and those who were neither, but fancied themselves equal to both, came boldly to hazard their beards, and all shamefully lost them.

    The History of the Caliph Vathek

  • When the man had mumbled some sort of half-learned charm over him, he'd felt the intent of it through the very minimal shields he had put up, and had acted the part of an automaton, staggering up the shadow-shrouded path in the man's wake.

    Phoenix And Ashes

  • It needed a false start or two while I desperately tried to remember half-learned techniques, but finally I was rewarded by the screen prompting: 'Enter telephone number'.

    Come To Grief


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