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.

verb (used with or without object), hast·ed, hast·ing.

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

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Germanic; akin to Old Frisian hāste, Old English hæst violence, Old Norse heifst hatred, Gothic haifsts quarrel
Related formshaste·ful, adjectivehaste·ful·ly, adverbhaste·less, adjectivehaste·less·ness, nounun·hast·ed, adjectiveun·hast·ing, adjective

Synonyms for haste

1. See speed. 2. flurry, bustle, ado, urgency. 3. precipitancy, precipitation.

Antonyms for haste

1. sloth.
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Examples from the Web for haste

Contemporary Examples of haste

Historical Examples of haste

  • The major was in no haste to leave, but he spent most of his time with Mark, and was in nobody's way.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Then came Alfred Ried in haste, and apologizing for the long delay.

  • She would have passed him with a word in her haste, but he turned and walked with her.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • 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

    Marvin Dana

British Dictionary definitions for haste



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
Derived Formshasteful, adjectivehastefully, adverb

Word Origin for haste

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

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Idioms and Phrases with haste


In addition to the idiom beginning with haste

  • haste makes waste

also see:

  • make haste
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