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posthaste

noun post·haste \ ˈpōst-ˈhāst \

Definition of posthaste

archaic
: great haste

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Origin and Etymology of posthaste


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posthaste

adverb

Definition of posthaste

: with all possible speed

Examples of posthaste in a Sentence

  1. ran posthaste for the doctor

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In the 16th century, "haste, post, haste" was used to inform "posts," as couriers were then called, that a letter was urgent and must be hastily delivered. Posts would then speedily gallop along a route with a series of places at which to get a fresh horse or to relay the letter to a fresh messenger. Shakespeare was one of the first to use a version of the phrase adverbially in Richard II. "Old John of Gaunt . . . hath sent post haste / To entreat your Majesty to visit him," the Bard versified. He also used the phrase as an adjective in Othello (a use that is now obsolete): "The Duke . . . requires your haste-post-haste appearance," Lieutenant Cassio reports to the play's namesake.

First Known Use of posthaste

1569

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posthaste Synonyms

Antonyms

slow, slowly;

Phrases

a mile a minute, at full throttle, at full tilt, by leaps and bounds, in a hurry, in short order, like a shot, like gangbusters, like wildfire;


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posthaste

adjective

Definition of posthaste

obsolete
: speedy, immediate
  • requires your … posthaste appearance
  • —William Shakespeare

First Known Use of posthaste

1594

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POSTHASTE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of posthaste for English Language Learners

  • : very quickly : with great speed


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