Origin and Etymology of haphazard
1hap + hazard
First Known Use: 1575
Simple Definition of haphazard
: having no plan, order, or direction
Full Definition of haphazard
: marked by lack of plan, order, or direction
haphazardryplay \-zər-drē\ noun
Examples of haphazard in a sentence
We were given a haphazard tour of the city.
<considering the haphazard way you measured the ingredients, it's a wonder the cookies came out this good>
Did You Know?
The "hap" in "haphazard" comes from an English word that means "happening," as well as "chance or fortune," and that derives from the Old Norse word happ, meaning "good luck." Perhaps it’s no accident that "hazard," as well, has its own connotations of luck: while it now refers commonly to something that presents danger, at one time it referred to a dice game similar to craps. (The name ultimately derives from the Arabic al-zahr, or "the die.") "Haphazard" first entered English as a noun (again meaning "chance") in the 16th century, and soon afterward was being used as an adjective to describe things with no apparent logic or order.
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Definition of haphazard for Students
: marked by lack of plan, order, or direction <We took a haphazard route.>
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