- 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 haste
Was her coronation as the future queen of pop soul made in haste?The Swedish Queen of Soulful Pop: Mapei Won’t Wait for You to Listen
October 16, 2014
In their haste the government wranglers also damaged precious water resources Bundy had worked years to develop.Gun-Toting Ranchers Defeat Feds
John L. Smith
April 16, 2014
He showed no signs of haste, nor of fatigue, nor of any human feeling.
A frightened maid came out in haste and ran away to fetch some remedy.
Minority rights matter a lot in a body which was supposed to be a firewall against the haste and folly of popular sentiment.The British Model for Filibuster Reform
January 25, 2013
The major was in no haste to leave, but he spent most of his time with Mark, and was in nobody's way.
Then came Alfred Ried in haste, and apologizing for the long delay.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
She would have passed him with a word in her haste, but he turned and walked with her.
Our friend will overlook the matter if you do but say that you have acted in heat and haste.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
She spoke with a touch of haste, as if battling against some hindrance within.Within the Law
- 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 haste
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.
late 13c., from Old French haster (Modern French hâter), from haste (see haste). Now largely superseded by hasten (1560s).
Idioms and Phrases with haste
In addition to the idiom beginning with haste
- haste makes waste
- make haste