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haphazard

[adjective, adverb hap-haz-erd; noun hap-haz-erd]
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adjective
  1. characterized by lack of order or planning, by irregularity, or by randomness; determined by or dependent on chance; aimless.
adverb
  1. haphazardly.
noun
  1. mere chance; accident.

Origin of haphazard

First recorded in 1565–75; hap1 + hazard
Related formshap·haz·ard·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. disorganized, unsystematic, careless, slapdash, helter-skelter.

Antonyms

1. methodical, systematic, organized.
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Examples from the Web for haphazard

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Historical Examples

  • Passages taken at haphazard will suffice to establish my contention.

  • Take any sonnet at haphazard, and you will hear the rage of his desire.

  • Once outside he slowly resumed his walk in haphazard fashion.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • Why should not a man start off at haphazard, and get out when the mood takes him?

    The Great Hunger

    Johan Bojer

  • In a word, system will have to be substituted for confusion, method for haphazard.

    England and Germany

    Emile Joseph Dillon


British Dictionary definitions for haphazard

haphazard

adverb, adjective
  1. at random
adjective
  1. careless; slipshod
noun
  1. rare chance
Derived Formshaphazardly, adverbhaphazardness, noun
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Word Origin and History for haphazard

adj.

1570s, from hap "chance, luck" (see hap) + hazard "risk, danger, peril." Related: Haphazardly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper