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adjective, hast·i·er, hast·i·est.
moving or acting with haste; speedy; quick; hurried.
made or done with haste or speed: a hasty visit.
unduly quick; precipitate; rash: a hasty decision.
brief; fleeting; passing; slight: a hasty glance.
easily irritated or angered; irascible: a hasty temper.
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Origin of hasty

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Middle French hasti, hastif; see haste, -ive


hast·i·ly, adverbhast·i·ness, nounun·hast·y, adjective
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What does hasty mean?

Hasty most commonly means too fast and often careless.

Synonyms include rash, rushed, or hurried.

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 usually how hasty is used.

Being too hasty when doing something is thought to lead to mistakes. A hasty decision is one that is thought to have been made too quickly, often leading to negative consequences. A hasty generalization involves jumping to broad conclusions by judging something too quickly.

Hasty can also mean brief or moving with or done with speed, as in a hasty visit. 

The adverb hastily can simply mean rapidly but is usually used to mean carelessly, rashly, or too quickly.

Example: Don’t be too hasty when decorating the cake—take your time and do it properly.

Where does hasty come from?

The first records of the word hasty come from the 1300s. The noun haste is related to the Old English hæst, “violence,” the Old Norse heifst, “hatred,” the Gothic haifsts, “quarrel,” and the Old High German heisti, “powerful.”

Hasty 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 being hasty is taking your time.

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How is hasty used in real life?

Hasty is most commonly used in a negative way. It’s especially used in terms like hasty decision and advice to not be hasty.



Try using hasty!

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

A. rash
B. rushed
C. hurried
D. calm

How to use hasty in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hasty

/ (ˈheɪstɪ) /

adjective -tier or -tiest
rapid; swift; quick
excessively or rashly quick
showing irritation or angerhasty words

Derived forms of hasty

hastily, adverbhastiness, noun
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