- 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; slight; superficial: a hasty glance.
- impatient; impetuous; thoughtless; injudicious: hasty words.
- easily irritated or angered; irascible: a hasty temper.
Origin of hasty
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Examples from the Web for hasty
Benjamin Franklin warned against making any hasty conclusions on such “a point of great importance.”Why We Can’t Quit Calling Presidents ‘Kings’
November 22, 2014
But the thrill was already gone when Fox rushed out a hasty follow-up later that year, The Next Joe Millionaire.You Really Don't Want to Watch Fox’s ‘I Wanna Marry “Harry”’
May 20, 2014
This course of action is what the Constitution envisions and also slows down the hasty rush to war.Why Obama Should Be Applauded for Consulting Congress on Syria
September 9, 2013
Haddad flew back immediately to find his city rising up, and is now beating a hasty retreat on the bus-fare increase.The Problem With Cities
Janine di Giovanni
June 24, 2013
On a wall in hasty letters: “The rich kids have better gas masks, we are jealous.”Smiling Under a Cloud of Tear Gas: Elif Shafak on Istanbul’s Streets
June 11, 2013
Grace was in the middle of a hasty toilet when a knock sounded on the door.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
He is very severe against me indeed, and yet I hope I have not been hasty in my judgment of her.Lady Susan
I was no sooner out of this difficulty, than a hasty temper got me into another.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
She sat down, wrote a hasty line, sealed, and gave it to Morton.Night and Morning, Complete
The loss of their leader so disheartened them that they made a hasty retreat.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
- rapid; swift; quick
- excessively or rashly quick
- showing irritation or angerhasty words
Word Origin and History for hasty
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]