Definition of haphazard
: chance 1 this little remnant preserved by the haphazard of chance — Edith Hamilton take our principles at haphazard — John Locke
Origin and Etymology of haphazard
1hap + hazard
First Known Use: 1569See Words from the same year
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
haphazardryplay \(ˌ)hap-ˈha-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
Recent Examples of haphazard from the Web
But the odds are stacked against prisoners such as Kozlovsky; the process of swapping POWs is haphazard and poorly coordinated.
As the gangplank lowers, the crowd forms a haphazard line and marches down the dock and onboard.
The mayor keeps saying the city council needs to get together on a weekend, but it's been a haphazard attempt to get anything organized, Landbeck said.
Up until then, Asher had been nothing but good while filling multiple roles — spot starter, long man and late-inning reliever — and manager Buck Showalter believed one rocky outing shouldn’t force a haphazard decision to bump him.
The report, echoing earlier studies that ruled out a cancer cluster at Camp Justice, reflects the haphazard nature of the development of the complex in a series of recommendations to monitor for health risks among the staff working there.
Some concert-goers said security was haphazard before the show, with some people being searched and others allowed inside unhindered.
Light 's haphazard guest list doesn't do them quite as many favors.
Also, if Comey's transgressions occurred over several months, why was his dismissal so rushed and haphazard?
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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.
Synonym Discussion of haphazard
HAPHAZARD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of haphazard for English Language Learners
: having no plan, order, or direction
HAPHAZARD Defined for Kids
Definition of haphazard for Students
: marked by lack of plan, order, or direction We took a haphazard route.
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