Synonyms Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com 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. verb (used with or without object), hast·ed, hast·ing. . 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 1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Germanic; akin to Old Frisian hāste, Old English hæst violence, Old Norse heifst hatred, Gothic haifsts quarrel Related forms haste·ful, adjective haste·ful·ly, adverb haste·less, adjective haste·less·ness, noun un·hast·ed, adjective un·hast·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hasteful 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 Derived Forms hasteful, adjective hastefully, adverb Word Origin
C14: from Old French
haste, of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse heifst hate, Old English hǣst strife, Old High German heisti powerful
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Word Origin and History for hasteful haste v.
late 13c., from Old French
haster (Modern French hâter), from haste (see haste). Now largely superseded by hasten (1560s). haste n.
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.
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