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haphazard

[adjective, adverb hap-haz-erd; noun hap-haz-erd]
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adjective
  1. characterized by lack of order or planning, by irregularity, or by randomness; determined by or dependent on chance; aimless.
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adverb
  1. haphazardly.
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noun
  1. mere chance; accident.
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Origin of haphazard

First recorded in 1565–75; hap1 + hazard
Related formshap·haz·ard·ness, noun

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Antonyms for haphazard

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Contemporary Examples of haphazard

Historical Examples of haphazard

  • Passages taken at haphazard will suffice to establish my contention.

  • Take any sonnet at haphazard, and you will hear the rage of his desire.

  • Once outside he slowly resumed his walk in haphazard fashion.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • Why should not a man start off at haphazard, and get out when the mood takes him?

    The Great Hunger

    Johan Bojer

  • In a word, system will have to be substituted for confusion, method for haphazard.

    England and Germany

    Emile Joseph Dillon


British Dictionary definitions for haphazard

haphazard

adverb, adjective
  1. at random
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adjective
  1. careless; slipshod
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noun
  1. rare chance
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Derived Formshaphazardly, adverbhaphazardness, noun
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Word Origin and History for haphazard

adj.

1570s, from hap "chance, luck" (see hap) + hazard "risk, danger, peril." Related: Haphazardly.

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