[ heyst-l-ee ]
/ ˈheɪst l i /
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with haste; rapidly; speedily: Late one snowy night in Maryland, moving crews hastily loaded a line of vans and, under cover of darkness, departed the city.
without sufficient care or attention: This book feels far less potent, and far more hastily written, than the earlier work.
unnecessarily quickly or rashly; impetuously: Six months earlier, she had hastily married a former high school classmate.
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Origin of hastily

First recorded in 1275–1325; hasty + -ly


un·hast·i·ly, adverb
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What does hastily mean?

Hastily means rashly or too quickly and often carelessly.

The related adjective hasty most commonly means too fast and often careless.

The noun haste most commonly refers to urgency, such as in completing a task. Haste can also be used as another word for speed or swiftness. But haste also commonly means urgency or speed that is careless or reckless. This is how the word is used in the expression haste makes waste, which means that rushing things leads to mistakes. This is how hasty and hastily are most commonly used.

Doing things hastily is thought to lead to mistakes. Making a decision hastily is making it too quickly, often leading to negative consequences.

Hastily can also mean speedily, as in We packed up hastily and left as quickly as we could. 

Example: Don’t make big decisions hastily—you should always take some time to think about them.

Where does hastily come from?

The first records of the word hastily come from around 1300. The noun haste is related to the English hæst, “violence,” the Old Norse heifst, “hatred,” the Gothic haifsts, “quarrel,” and the Old High German heisti, “powerful.” The suffix -ly is used to form adverbs (the y in hasty is changed to an i in hastily, which is a spelling convention used in other adverbs whose base adjectives end in y, such as happily).

Hastily is most often used in a negative way. Most of the time, it implies that something was simply done too quickly, leading to mistakes. The opposite of doing something hastily is taking your time.

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How is hastily used in real life?

Hastily is most commonly used in a negative way to imply that something has been done too quickly and in a careless way.



Try using hastily!

Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of hastily?

A. rashly
B. carelessly
C. hurriedly
D. calmly

How to use hastily in a sentence