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[ hey-stee ]


, hast·i·er, hast·i·est.
  1. moving or acting with haste; speedy; quick; hurried.

    Synonyms: brisk, fleet, fast, rapid, swift

    Antonyms: slow

  2. made or done with haste or speed:

    a hasty visit.

  3. unduly quick; precipitate; rash:

    a hasty decision.

    Synonyms: headlong, reckless, foolhardy

    Antonyms: deliberate

  4. a hasty glance.

  5. hasty words.

  6. easily irritated or angered; irascible:

    a hasty temper.

    Synonyms: irritable, excitable, fiery, touchy, testy


/ ˈheɪstɪ /


  1. rapid; swift; quick
  2. excessively or rashly quick
  3. short-tempered
  4. showing irritation or anger

    hasty words

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Derived Forms

  • ˈhastily, adverb
  • ˈhastiness, noun

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Other Words From

  • hast·i·ly adverb
  • hast·i·ness noun
  • un·hast·y adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hasty1

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

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Example Sentences

Images of thousands of Afghans desperately trying to flee their country following a hasty US withdrawal have provoked an international outcry.

From Quartz

So the agency turned to better-equipped academic institutes and private medical centers, including at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas A&M, and Houston Methodist, a hasty stopgap pattern seen in state after state last year.

From Time

One of the women abruptly becomes a love interest, as if in a hasty attempt to make us feel something for her underdeveloped character seconds before her doom.

The board’s decision has become fodder for Bottoms’ critics, who said it represented her hasty and inconsistent leadership style.

That left the Free State, Maryland, as the closest place for many couples to obtain a hasty marriage license.

From Time

Benjamin Franklin warned against making any hasty conclusions on such “a point of great importance.”

But the thrill was already gone when Fox rushed out a hasty follow-up later that year, The Next Joe Millionaire.

One of my greatest phobias is getting rocketed while showering or using the bathroom, so I keep those trips hasty.

This course of action is what the Constitution envisions and also slows down the hasty rush to war.

Haddad flew back immediately to find his city rising up, and is now beating a hasty retreat on the bus-fare increase.

This is, of course, possible, but it cannot be more than speculation; the final Dunciad does show evidence of hasty revision.

And saying a hasty good afternoon, he popped through his doorway and vanished at Billy Woodchuck's feet.

Gilbert's "O shame, father," and Mrs. Rushmere's "God bless the dear child," following her hasty retreat.

Stunned by the reception they received, those who had not been killed or wounded beat a hasty retreat.

Sir Ralph, Mr. Findlay (who was helping us) and I, had our hasty lunch together.


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More About Hasty

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.



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

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




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