1. (orig. US) carelessly, incompetently.
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 337: If I plan to do something, I don’t see any reason to do it half ass.Young Manhood in|
|Send Me Down 366: Even that you do half-assed.|
|Why Are We in Vietnam? (1970) 133: Grizzer he eats awhile [...] and then works a little half ass at covering the carcass over.|
|Dispatches 54: The machine [was] running halfassed and depressed.|
|F.N.G. 206: I sort of half-ass offer it to him.|
|‘3 in the Mornin’ [lyrics] I never understood what made you think you was handlin’ / You half-ass runnin’ through my neighborhood vandlin’.|
|Workin’ It 114: I was a C student. When a test came I half-ass cheated.|
|Source Aug. 188: Don’t misinterpret this as Beans going half-ass in the studio or not caring if he makes music.|
|Corruption Officer [ebk] cap. 6: Some just leaned against the wall half-ass listening to what was being said.|
2. not seriously.
|Addict in the Street (1966) 78: I was using stuff but I wasn’t hooked; it was still half-ass.|
|No Beast So Fierce 91: You used to be a halfass pretty kid. You won’t be able to catch yourself a man when you get back.|
|Wiseguy (2001) 50: The places were usually half-assed connected.|