[ heyst ]
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  1. swiftness of motion; speed; celerity: He performed his task with great haste. They felt the need for haste.

  2. urgent need of quick action; a hurry or rush: to be in haste to get ahead in the world.

  1. unnecessarily quick action; thoughtless, rash, or undue speed: Haste makes waste.

verb (used with or without object),hast·ed, hast·ing.
  1. Archaic. to hasten.

Idioms about haste

  1. make haste, to act or go with speed; hurry: She made haste to tell the president the good news.

Origin of haste

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, from Old French from Germanic; akin to Old Frisian hāste,Old English hæst “violence,” Old Norse heifst “hatred,” Gothic haifsts “quarrel”

synonym study For haste

1. See speed.

Other words for haste

Opposites for haste

Other words from haste

  • hasteful, adjective
  • haste·ful·ly, adverb
  • hasteless, adjective
  • haste·less·ness, noun
  • un·hast·ed, adjective
  • un·hast·ing, adjective

Words Nearby haste

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How to use haste in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for haste


/ (heɪst) /

  1. speed, esp in an action; swiftness; rapidity

  2. the act of hurrying in a careless or rash manner

  1. a necessity for hurrying; urgency

  2. make haste to hurry; rush

  1. a poetic word for hasten

Origin of haste

C14: from Old French haste, of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse heifst hate, Old English hǣst strife, Old High German heisti powerful

Derived forms of haste

  • hasteful, adjective
  • hastefully, adverb

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Other Idioms and Phrases with haste


In addition to the idiom beginning with haste

  • haste makes waste

also see:

  • make haste

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