- 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 hasting
Achates, hasting on his message, bent his way towards the ships.The Aeneid of Virgil
"Yes, we get our milk at Mr. Hasting's place," answered the switchman.Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue in the Sunny South
Laura Lee Hope
Hasting to the apartment of her friend, she knocked, and was bidden enter.Blue Lights
Under their leader Hasting or Hastein, they seized and occupied the city of Chester.Cheshire
Charles E. Kelsey
Poppa, pleaded Nero, hasting to intercept her flight, forgive me.Darkness and Dawn
Frederic W. Farrar
- 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 hasting
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 Now largely superseded by hasten (1560s).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.