- swiftness of motion; speed; celerity: He performed his task with great haste. They felt the need for haste.
- urgent need of quick action; a hurry or rush: to be in haste to get ahead in the world.
- unnecessarily quick action; thoughtless, rash, or undue speed: Haste makes waste.
- Archaic. to hasten.
- make haste, to act or go with speed; hurry: She made haste to tell the president the good news.
Origin of haste
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Examples from the Web for hasted
We read that “David hasted, and ran towards the army to meet the Philistine.”Broken Bread
When Kolskegg heard that, he saddled his horse and hasted after Gunnar.The Red Romance Book
Mercifully, Christian was awakened, and hasted along the road.Standards of Life and Service
T. H. Howard
At thy rebuke they fled, at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.An Essay on the Lyric Poetry of the Ancients
At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.The Ordinance of Covenanting
- speed, esp in an action; swiftness; rapidity
- the act of hurrying in a careless or rash manner
- a necessity for hurrying; urgency
- make haste to hurry; rush
- a poetic word for hasten
Word Origin and History for hasted
late 13c., from Old French haster (Modern French hâter), from haste (see haste). Now largely superseded by hasten (1560s).
early 13c., from Old French haste "haste, urgency, hastiness" (12c., Modern French hâte), from Frankish *haifst "violence," from West Germanic *haifstiz (cf. Gothic haifsts "strife," Old English hæste "violent, vehement, impetuous"). To make haste is recorded by 1530s.