hastier; hastiest
: done or made in a hurry
hasty city-street snapshotsR. B. Heilman
: fast and typically superficial
made a hasty examination of the wound
archaic : rapid in action or movement : speedy
: acting too quickly : overly eager or impatient
realized he had been hasty in quitting his job
: exhibiting a lack of careful thought or consideration : precipitate, rash
We don't want to make any hasty decisions.
: prone to anger : irritable
a hasty temperament
hastiness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for hasty

fast, rapid, swift, fleet, quick, speedy, hasty, expeditious mean moving, proceeding, or acting with celerity.

fast and rapid are very close in meaning, but fast applies particularly to the thing that moves

fast horses

and rapid to the movement itself.

rapid current

swift suggests great rapidity coupled with ease of movement.

returned the ball with one swift stroke

fleet adds the implication of lightness and nimbleness.

fleet runners

quick suggests promptness and the taking of little time.

a quick wit

speedy implies quickness of successful accomplishment

speedy delivery of mail

and may also suggest unusual velocity.

hasty suggests hurry and precipitousness and often connotes carelessness.

a hasty inspection

expeditious suggests efficiency together with rapidity of accomplishment.

the expeditious handling of an order

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.
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Word History


see haste entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1c

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

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“Hasty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hasty. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


hastier; hastiest
: done or made in a hurry
made a hasty sketch of the scene
: fast and often not thorough
made a hasty survey of the problem
: acting or done without forethought : rash
: quick to anger : irritable
a hasty temper

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