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Meaning of hasty by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Old French hastif ( Modern hâtif ), from Frankish .


    • IPA: /ˈheɪsti/
    • Rhymes: -eɪsti


    hasty ( comparative hastier, superlative hastiest )

    1. Acting in haste; being too hurried or quick. ( e.g. Without much thinking about it they made a hasty decision to buy it. )

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Explanation of hasty by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. excessively quick

    2. made a hasty exit
    3. done with very great haste and without due deliberation

    4. hasty marriage seldom proveth well- Shakespeare
      hasty makeshifts take the place of planning- Arthur Geddes
      rejected what was regarded as an overhasty plan for reconversion

    Definition of hasty by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Hasty ( hāst ), a. [Compar. Hastier ( -tĭẽr ); superl. Hastiest.] [Akin to D. haastig, G., Sw., & Dan. hastig. See Haste, n.]
      1. Involving haste; done, made, etc., in haste; as, “a hasty retreat; a hasty sketch”.

      2. Demanding haste or immediate action. [R.] Chaucer. “Hasty employment.” Shak.

      3. Moving or acting with haste or in a hurry; hurrying; hence, acting without deliberation; precipitate; rash; easily excited; eager.

      Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? There is more hope of a fool than of him. Prov. xxix. 20.

      The hasty multitude

      Admiring entered. Milton.

      Be not hasty to go out of his sight. Eccl. viii. 3.

      4. Made or reached without deliberation or due caution; as, “a hasty conjecture, inference, conclusion, etc., a hasty resolution.”

      5. Proceeding from, or indicating, a quick temper.

      Take no unkindness of his hasty words. Shak.

      6. Forward; early; first ripe. [Obs.] “As the hasty fruit before the summer.” Is. xxviii. 4.