haphazard

adjective
hap·haz·ard | \(ˌ)hap-ˈha-zərd \

Definition of haphazard 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: marked by lack of plan, order, or direction a haphazard assemblage of furniture not … a collection of haphazard schemes, but rather the orderly component parts of a connected and logical whole— F. D. Roosevelt

haphazard

noun

Definition of haphazard (Entry 2 of 2)

: chance sense 1 this little remnant preserved by the haphazard of chance— Edith Hamilton take our principles at haphazard— John Locke

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Other Words from haphazard

Adjective

haphazard adverb
haphazardly adverb
haphazardness noun
haphazardry \(ˌ)hap-ˈha-zər-drē \ noun

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Adjective

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

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Noun

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.

Examples of haphazard in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Border Patrol has failed to include hundreds of migrants who died on US soil in its official tally, and haphazard identification of those migrants can leave their families without answers. CNN, "Settle in with these weekend reads," 19 May 2018 Voter behavior is identity-driven and haphazard, and the voters who show up on Election Day are rarely representative of the public as a whole. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Abolishing ICE Is About As Popular As Trump’s Immigration Agenda," 11 July 2018 This Trump behavior may be more haphazard and idiosyncratic than some grand sly, strategic scheme. Andrew Malcolm, SFChronicle.com, "Is Donald Trump chief executive or executive producer?," 28 June 2018 Even the gradual shift of the other characters’ feelings toward the robot feels haphazard rather than earned. Karen Han, The Verge, "Lost in Space shows a long-running problem with stories about AI," 24 Apr. 2018 The process is run by county officials in a haphazard fashion, according to a 2016 investigation by The Cincinnati Enquirer and USA TODAY NETWORK. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court to rule on state efforts to purge voters," 9 Jan. 2018 And this haphazard collection of setups, stunts and gags has that same scattershot, digressive energy. Ann Hornaday, kansascity, "A game cast makes good-natured ‘Tag’ a fun time," 14 June 2018 Evidence of the city’s haphazard planning sits along the new Ella Fitzgerald Park, Nash said. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's showcase neighborhood project falls a year behind schedule," 3 July 2018 For her and others who have already been publicly reunified, the pursuit has become a haphazard combination of determination, litigation and hope. Nick Oza, azcentral, "A Guatemalan mother is driving from the border to New York to find her separated children," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Aleksandr Golovin curled home a wonderful free-kick after haphazard defending from Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny to level six minutes later. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Europa League Recap: Arsenal rout CSKA, Atletico, RB Leipzig, Lazio take victories," 5 Apr. 2018 The system now is a haphazard, on-the-ground monitoring network used to track greenhouse gases. John Fialka, Scientific American, "Meet the Satellites that Can Pinpoint Methane and Carbon Dioxide Leaks," 9 Mar. 2018 Winfrey, who was first elected as city clerk in 2005, has come under fire multiple times over the years for running a haphazard and error-prone election process. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit City Clerk announces new re-evaluation plan for all 3,000 election poll workers," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of haphazard

Adjective

1576, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1569, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for haphazard

Adjective

see haphazard entry 2

Noun

hap entry 1 + hazard

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haphazard

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of haphazard

: having no plan, order, or direction

haphazard

adjective
hap·haz·ard | \hap-ˈha-zərd \

Kids Definition of haphazard

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

Other Words from haphazard

haphazardly adverb

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