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haphazard

[ adjective, adverb hap-haz-erd; noun hap-haz-erd ]
/ adjective, adverb hæpˈhæz ərd; noun ˈhæpˌhæz ərd /
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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.

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RELATED WORDS

nonchalance, inattention, negligence, neglect, disregard, rashness

Nearby words

hapa, hapai, hapax legomenon, hapaxanthic, haphalgesia, haphazard, haphazardly, haphazardry, haphsiba, haphtarah, hapi

Origin of haphazard

First recorded in 1565–75; hap1 + hazard
SYNONYMS FOR haphazard
Related formshap·haz·ard·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for haphazardness

haphazard

/ (hæpˈhæzəd) /

adverb, adjective

at random

adjective

careless; slipshod

noun

rare chance
Derived Formshaphazardly, adverbhaphazardness, noun
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Word Origin and History for haphazardness

haphazard


adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper