adjective \ˈhā-stē\

: done or made very quickly

: done or made too quickly

: acting too quickly


Full Definition of HASTY

a archaic :  rapid in action or movement :  speedy
b :  done or made in a hurry
c :  fast and typically superficial <made a hasty examination of the wound>
:  prone to anger :  irritable
hast·i·ness noun

Examples of HASTY

  1. I made a hasty sketch of the scene.
  2. Seeing the dog, the cat made a hasty retreat up a tree.
  3. We don't want to make any hasty decisions.
  4. He later realized that he was too hasty in his decision to quit.

First Known Use of HASTY

14th century

Synonym Discussion of HASTY

fast, rapid, swift, fleet, quick, speedy, hasty, expeditious mean moving, proceeding, or acting with celerity. fast and rapid are very close in meaning, but fast applies particularly to the thing that moves <fast horses> and rapid to the movement itself <rapid current>. swift suggests great rapidity coupled with ease of movement <returned the ball with one swift stroke>. fleet adds the implication of lightness and nimbleness <fleet runners>. quick suggests promptness and the taking of little time <a quick wit>. speedy implies quickness of successful accomplishment <speedy delivery of mail> and may also suggest unusual velocity. hasty suggests hurry and precipitousness and often connotes carelessness <a hasty inspection>. expeditious suggests efficiency together with rapidity of accomplishment <the expeditious handling of an order>.
HASTIER Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈhā-stē\

Definition of HASTY for Kids

:  done or made in a hurry <a hasty trip>
:  made, done, or decided without proper care and thought <a hasty decision>
hast·i·ly \-stə-lē\ adverb


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