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haphazard

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noun hap·haz·ard \(ˌ)hap-ˈha-zərd\

Definition of haphazard

  1. :  chance 1



Origin and Etymology of haphazard

1hap + hazard


First Known Use: 1575


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haphazard

adjective hap·haz·ard

Simple Definition of haphazard

  • : having no plan, order, or direction

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of haphazard

  1. :  marked by lack of plan, order, or direction

haphazard

adverb

haphazardly

adverb

haphazardness

noun

haphazardry

play \-zər-drē\ noun

Examples of haphazard in a sentence

  1. We were given a haphazard tour of the city.

  2. <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.

1671

First Known Use of haphazard

1671

Synonym Discussion of haphazard

random, haphazard, casual mean determined by accident rather than design. random stresses lack of definite aim, fixed goal, or regular procedure <a random selection of books>. haphazard applies to what is done without regard for regularity or fitness or ultimate consequence <a haphazard collection of rocks>. casual suggests working or acting without deliberation, intention, or purpose <a casual collector>.

Rhymes with haphazard


HAPHAZARD Defined for Kids

haphazard

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adjective hap·haz·ard \hap-ˈha-zərd\

Definition of haphazard for Students

  1. :  marked by lack of plan, order, or direction <We took a haphazard route.>

haphazardly

adverb




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