- moving or acting with haste; speedy; quick; hurried.
- made or done with haste or speed: a hasty visit.
- unduly quick; precipitate; rash: a hasty decision.
- brief; fleeting; slight; superficial: a hasty glance.
- impatient; impetuous; thoughtless; injudicious: hasty words.
- easily irritated or angered; irascible: a hasty temper.
Origin of hasty
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Examples from the Web for hastily
And while there now are blood reserves lining hospital shelves, Dudley said the nonprofit is hastily approaching a crisis.The Red Cross Is 80,000 Blood Donations Short
July 25, 2014
A senior Russian ambassador has demanded—and been hastily given—a top-level appointment at the Foreign Office today.Charles's Hitler-Putin Comparison Shows Why Many Believe He Is Not Fit To Be King
May 22, 2014
This week Weiner addressed the new revelations at a hastily called press conference.Anthony Weiner and Other Democrats in Sex Scandals Don’t Mention God
July 25, 2013
“It caused the perpetrators to hastily plan and make mistakes,” Cilluffo said.The Suspect Remains at Large, But the Lockdown Was a Big Success
April 19, 2013
Instead they hastily passed what was basically a draft bill, which had done virtually nothing about the MEPs.Is Labor Turning Against Obamacare?
April 17, 2013
The alderman saw no reason to repent his decision, hastily as it had been made.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
"It's all right, Fannie," Aggie said hastily to the flustered maid.Within the Law
Chip blushed under the praise and hastily answered the question.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Hastily he uncorked the left-hand bottle, and was immediately reassured.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Belinda hastily withdrew her eyes from the picture at which she was looking.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
- rapid; swift; quick
- excessively or rashly quick
- showing irritation or angerhasty words
Word Origin and History for hastily
mid-14c., "speedy, quick," by 1500s replacing or nativizing earlier hastif (c.1300) "eager, impetuous," from Old French hastif "speedy, rapid; forward, advanced; rash, impetuous" (12c., Modern French hâtif), from haste (see haste). Meaning "requiring haste" is late 14c. (the sense in hasty pudding, 1590s, so called because it was made quickly); that of "rash" is from early 15c. Related: Hastiness. Old French also had a form hasti (for loss of terminal -f, cf. joli/jolif, etc.), which may have influenced the form of the English word.
The termination was doubtless from the first identified with native -i, -y, from OE -ig; and it is noticeable that the other Teutonic langs. have formed corresponding adjs. of that type: Du. haastig, Ger., Da., Sw. hastig. [OED]