- 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 hastiness
Perhaps some hastiness in my way of proceeding may have influenced her determination.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
Gervaise had calmed down and was already regretting her hastiness.L'Assommoir
But even as the handcar was passing him Mr. Trimm regretted his hastiness.The Escape of Mr. Trimm
Irvin S. Cobb
No, sir; and if I showed some hastiness of temper, excuse me—I believe it is my failing.The Youth of Jefferson
J. E. Cooke.
I am sure you have regretted your hastiness by this time, and it will be a lesson to you in the future.About Peggy Saville
Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
- rapid; swift; quick
- excessively or rashly quick
- showing irritation or angerhasty words
Word Origin and History for hastiness
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]