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
A record-breaking Masters win at the age of 21, second youngest only to Woods, followed two months later by a US Open suggested golf had been too hasty in naming McIlroy as Tiger's true successor.
Don't let your temper or hasty words get the better of you.
He and Collins are two of the many Republican senators who have voiced complaints about the hasty, secretive process their party is using to pass its bill.
But as many found after taking the time to complete it, Destiny's story was weak at best—a stumble attributed to a rocky development schedule and a hasty rewrite six months before launch.
Then outside lawyers advised the City Council that the June 20 deadline was too hasty.
My (lousy) drawing and (hasty) note-taking feel more immediate.
The attack line had been previewed by the president’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, who read a hasty, uncharismatic statement at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the day before.
In what is now seen as a hasty and poorly executed merger plan, Gilmore and his classmates reported to elementary schools for their eighth-grade year, sharing the hallways and lunchrooms with children as young as 4.
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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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