hasty

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adjective \ˈhā-stē\

Definition of hasty

hastier

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hastiest

  1. 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. 2 :  acting too quickly :  overly eager or impatient realized he had been hasty in quitting his job

  3. 3 :  exhibiting a lack of careful thought or consideration :  precipitate, rash We don't want to make any hasty decisions.

  4. 4 :  prone to anger :  irritable a hasty temperment

hastiness

noun

Examples of hasty in a Sentence

  1. I made a hasty sketch of the scene.

  2. Seeing the dog, the cat made a hasty retreat up a tree.

  3. We don't want to make any hasty decisions.

  4. He later realized that he was too hasty in his decision to quit.

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Origin and Etymology of hasty

see 1haste

Synonym Discussion of 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


HASTY Defined for English Language Learners

hasty

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adjective

Definition of hasty for English Language Learners

  • : done or made very quickly

  • : done or made too quickly

  • : acting too quickly


HASTY Defined for Kids

hasty

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adjective \ˈhā-stē\

Definition of hasty for Students

hastier

;

hastiest

  1. 1 :  done or made in a hurry a hasty trip

  2. 2 :  made, done, or decided without proper care and thought a hasty decision

hastily

\-stə-lē\ adverb


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