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adjective, hast·i·er, hast·i·est.
  1. moving or acting with haste; speedy; quick; hurried.
  2. made or done with haste or speed: a hasty visit.
  3. unduly quick; precipitate; rash: a hasty decision.
  4. brief; fleeting; slight; superficial: a hasty glance.
  5. impatient; impetuous; thoughtless; injudicious: hasty words.
  6. easily irritated or angered; irascible: a hasty temper.
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Origin of hasty

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French hasti, hastif; see haste, -ive
Related formshast·i·ly, adverbhast·i·ness, nounun·hast·i·ly, adverbun·hast·y, adjective


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1. swift, rapid, fast, fleet, brisk. 3. foolhardy, reckless, headlong. 6. testy, touchy, fiery, excitable, irritable.


1. slow. 3. deliberate.
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Examples from the Web for hastiness

Historical Examples

  • Perhaps some hastiness in my way of proceeding may have influenced her determination.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

  • Gervaise had calmed down and was already regretting her hastiness.


    Emile Zola

  • But even as the handcar was passing him Mr. Trimm regretted his hastiness.

  • No, sir; and if I showed some hastiness of temper, excuse me—I believe it is my failing.

  • I am sure you have regretted your hastiness by this time, and it will be a lesson to you in the future.

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    Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey

British Dictionary definitions for hastiness


adjective -tier or -tiest
  1. rapid; swift; quick
  2. excessively or rashly quick
  3. short-tempered
  4. showing irritation or angerhasty words
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Derived Formshastily, adverbhastiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hastiness



mid-14c., "speedy, quick," by 1500s replacing or nativizing earlier hastif (c.1300) "eager, impetuous," from Old French hastif "speedy, rapid; forward, advanced; rash, impetuous" (12c., Modern French hâtif), from haste (see haste). Meaning "requiring haste" is late 14c. (the sense in hasty pudding, 1590s, so called because it was made quickly); that of "rash" is from early 15c. Related: Hastiness. Old French also had a form hasti (for loss of terminal -f, cf. joli/jolif, etc.), which may have influenced the form of the English word.

The termination was doubtless from the first identified with native -i, -y, from OE -ig; and it is noticeable that the other Teutonic langs. have formed corresponding adjs. of that type: Du. haastig, Ger., Da., Sw. hastig. [OED]
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