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haphazard

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noun hap·haz·ard \ (ˌ)hap-ˈha-zərd \

Definition of haphazard

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

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Origin and Etymology of haphazard

1hap + hazard


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haphazard

adjective

Definition of haphazard

: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

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haphazardly

adverb

haphazardness

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haphazardry

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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

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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.

Origin and Etymology of haphazard

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

HAPHAZARD Defined for English Language Learners

haphazard

adjective

Definition of haphazard for English Language Learners

  • : having no plan, order, or direction


HAPHAZARD Defined for Kids

haphazard

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

Definition of haphazard for Students

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

haphazardly

adverb


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