\ 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 One quiet critic has been India, which argued against a hasty US withdrawal and considers the rise of a hard-line Taliban government, backed by its archrival Pakistan, to be a disastrous outcome. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Sep. 2021 The Taliban rapidly regained control of the country amid the hasty exit of U.S. forces last month. Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2021 The latter of those conflicts ended last month in a hasty withdrawal, marred by a terrorist suicide bombing that killed 13 Americans and 169 Afghans. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, 11 Sep. 2021 Without principles, making life transitions might be hasty. Yec, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Biden in effect sought to turn the criticism on its head, saying his hasty withdrawal reflected a deep concern for the armed forces. Ashley Parker And Anne Gearan, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Sep. 2021 Our hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan will do nothing for stability in the region or our own security. Brad Taylor, National Review, 25 Aug. 2021 Images of thousands of Afghans desperately trying to flee their country following a hasty US withdrawal have provoked an international outcry. Tazreena Sajjad, Quartz, 24 Aug. 2021 The facts on the ground didn’t warrant a hasty withdrawal, and intelligence predicted the Taliban would eventually take over. Dan Crenshaw, WSJ, 17 Aug. 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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“Hasty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hasty. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hasty

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


\ 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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