hasty

adjective
\ ˈhā-stē How to pronounce hasty (audio) \
hastier; hastiest

Definition of hasty

1a : done or made in a hurry hasty city-street snapshots— R. B. Heilman
b : fast and typically superficial made a hasty examination of the wound
c archaic : rapid in action or movement : speedy
2 : acting too quickly : overly eager or impatient realized he had been hasty in quitting his job
3 : exhibiting a lack of careful thought or consideration : precipitate, rash We don't want to make any hasty decisions.
4 : prone to anger : irritable a hasty temperament

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Other Words from hasty

hastiness noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web And satirists are not responsible for the fact that some of their audience is just too dumb or too hasty to tell the difference between news and a joke. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 5 June 2021 But hasty negotiations resulted in agreement to vote on the Wyden and Crapo amendment, which would extend trade preferences and tariff relief. Grace Segers, CBS News, 28 May 2021 But apart from a few fleeting images of attendees making their way toward the festival and a hasty montage of authors’ speeches, the festival is just a pretext for a documentary whose true focus lies elsewhere. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 Welcome to another installment of your letters and my hasty replies. oregonlive, 24 May 2021 The suit claimed that Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin had made hasty changes to election procedures without the approval of their state legislatures. Washington Post, 17 May 2021 Johnson gives a hasty tour of the stories behind a few of these life-giving innovations. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 When Taskayali shyly tried to beat a hasty retreat, he was slowed by a gantlet of migrants wanting to take selfies with him. Ian Urbina, The Atlantic, 6 May 2021 The hasty approval led to concerns from scientists, however, analysis of Phase 3 trials have since shown it to be safe and 92% effective in preventing Covid-19. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 6 May 2021

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First Known Use of hasty

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

History and Etymology for hasty

see haste entry 1

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

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8 Jun 2021

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“Hasty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hasty. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for hasty

hasty

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of hasty

: done or made very quickly
: done or made too quickly
: acting too quickly

hasty

adjective
\ ˈhā-stē How to pronounce hasty (audio) \
hastier; hastiest

Kids Definition of hasty

1 : done or made in a hurry a hasty trip
2 : made, done, or decided without proper care and thought a hasty decision

Other Words from hasty

hastily \ -​stə-​lē \ adverb

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