swiftness of motion; speed; celerity: He performed his task with great haste. They felt the need for haste.
urgent need of quick action; a hurry or rush: to be in haste to get ahead in the world.
unnecessarily quick action; thoughtless, rash, or undue speed: Haste makes waste.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), hasted, hasting.
Archaic. to hasten.
make haste, to act or go with speed; hurry: She made haste to tell the president the good news.

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Germanic; akin to Old Frisian hāste, Old English hæst violence, Old Norse heifst hatred, Gothic haifsts quarrel

hasteful, adjective
hastefully, adverb
hasteless, adjective
hastelessness, noun
unhasted, adjective
unhasting, adjective

1. See speed. 2. flurry, bustle, ado, urgency. 3. precipitancy, precipitation.

1. sloth.
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haste (heɪst)
1.  speed, esp in an action; swiftness; rapidity
2.  the act of hurrying in a careless or rash manner
3.  a necessity for hurrying; urgency
4.  make haste to hurry; rush
5.  a poetic word for hasten
[C14: from Old French haste, of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse heifst hate, Old English hǣst strife, Old High German heisti powerful]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. haste (12c.), from Frankish *haifst "violence," from W.Gmc. *khaistiz (cf. Goth. haifsts "strife," O.E. hæste "violent, vehement, impetuous"). The verb is in M.E.; the extended form hasten is from 1560s.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idiom beginning with haste, also see make haste.

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Example sentences
The leaders may regret the haste with which they built the high-speed rail
If the scale of the downturn calls for bold stimulus, the speed at which the
  economy is deteriorating calls for haste.
But in your haste to order gifts online, don't leave yourself vulnerable to
  credit card fraud or identity theft.
As a result of the haste, an enormous amount of shoddy construction had to be
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