hast·​i·​ly ˈhā-stə-lē How to pronounce hastily (audio)
: in haste : hurriedly

Examples of hastily in a Sentence

the hastily put together report contained a lot of errors the congresswoman hastily made her way towards the waiting elevator
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hastily was in the 14th century

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“Hastily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hastily. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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