haphazard

[adjective, adverb hap-haz-erd; noun hap-haz-erd]

adjective

characterized by lack of order or planning, by irregularity, or by randomness; determined by or dependent on chance; aimless.

adverb

noun

mere chance; accident.

Nearby words

  1. hapa,
  2. hapai,
  3. hapax legomenon,
  4. hapaxanthic,
  5. haphalgesia,
  6. haphazardly,
  7. haphazardry,
  8. haphsiba,
  9. haphtarah,
  10. hapi

Origin of haphazard

First recorded in 1565–75; hap1 + hazard

Related formshap·haz·ard·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for haphazard

haphazard

adverb, adjective

at random

adjective

careless; slipshod

noun

rare chance
Derived Formshaphazardly, adverbhaphazardness, noun

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Word Origin and History for haphazard

haphazard

adj.

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

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