haste

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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. hasta la vista,
  2. hasta luego,
  3. hasta mañana,
  4. hastate,
  5. hastately,
  6. haste makes waste,
  7. hasten,
  8. hastie,
  9. hastily,
  10. hasting

Idioms

    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

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

ANTONYMS FOR haste
1. sloth.

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for hasteful

haste

/ (heɪst) /

noun

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

verb

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 hasteful
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Idioms and Phrases with hasteful

haste

In addition to the idiom beginning with haste

  • haste makes waste

also see:

  • make haste
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