Definition of hasty
1a archaic : rapid in action or movement : speedyb : done or made in a hurry hasty city-street snapshots — R. B. Heilmanc : fast and typically superficial made a hasty examination of the wound
2 : acting too quickly : overly eager or impatient realized he had been hasty in quitting his job
4 : prone to anger : irritable a hasty temperment
Examples of hasty in a Sentence
I made a hasty sketch of the scene.
Seeing the dog, the cat made a hasty retreat up a tree.
We don't want to make any hasty decisions.
He later realized that he was too hasty in his decision to quit.
Recent Examples of hasty from the Web
Grubbe's hasty release, not the bullet holes, is what Wells is most upset about, too.
In the not-too-distant future, due to a botched stem-cell research project and a hasty deal between liberals and conservatives, a company rents out babies that never age and only poop once a week.
He was wrapped in tent canvas and buried in a hasty grave in a churchyard.
The senior official suggested that the real fault lay in the President’s hasty decision-making.
One RBS trader and several from Citigroup won their suits, because the banks were too hasty to dismiss staff as a result of regulatory scrutiny.
Scott’s was one in a string of cases in which police officers shot a black man under debatable circumstances, and protestors suggested that police had been too hasty in firing.
Some angry consumers are questioning whether Samsung was too hasty in rushing to push replacement devices into the market.
O’Neill might have been hasty in saying that universal vigilance is the future.
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Origin and Etymology of hasty
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of hasty
HASTY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hasty for English Language Learners
: done or made very quickly
: done or made too quickly
: acting too quickly
HASTY Defined for Kids
Definition of hasty for Students
1 : done or made in a hurry a hasty trip
2 : made, done, or decided without proper care and thought a hasty decision
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