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hasty

[hey-stee] /ˈheɪ sti/
adjective, hastier, hastiest.
1.
moving or acting with haste; speedy; quick; hurried.
2.
made or done with haste or speed:
a hasty visit.
3.
unduly quick; precipitate; rash:
a hasty decision.
4.
brief; fleeting; slight; superficial:
a hasty glance.
5.
impatient; impetuous; thoughtless; injudicious:
hasty words.
6.
easily irritated or angered; irascible:
a hasty temper.
Origin of hasty
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French hasti, hastif; see haste, -ive
Related forms
hastily, adverb
hastiness, noun
unhastily, adverb
unhasty, adjective
Synonyms
1. swift, rapid, fast, fleet, brisk. 3. foolhardy, reckless, headlong. 6. testy, touchy, fiery, excitable, irritable.
Antonyms
1. slow. 3. deliberate.
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Examples from the Web for hastiness
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  • 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 Emile Zola
  • 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
  • I trembled at the idea of ridicule: hence the hastiness of my conduct.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • Hardly had I spoken than I regretted the hastiness of my remark.

    A Girl Among the Anarchists Isabel Meredith
  • He was perhaps vexed with himself for his impetuosity and hastiness.

    White Nights and Other Stories Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Athalie tried to excuse her hastiness by her feverish excitement.

  • He recalls all her hastiness, her impulsive ways, her hot temper.

    Airy Fairy Lilian Margaret Wolfe Hamilton (AKA Duchess)
British Dictionary definitions for hastiness

hasty

/ˈheɪstɪ/
adjective -tier, -tiest
1.
rapid; swift; quick
2.
excessively or rashly quick
3.
short-tempered
4.
showing irritation or anger: hasty words
Derived Forms
hastily, adverb
hastiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hastiness

hasty

adj.

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]

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