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hasty

[hey-stee] /ˈheɪ sti/
adjective, hastier, hastiest.
1.
moving or acting with haste; speedy; quick; hurried.
2.
made or done with haste or speed:
a hasty visit.
3.
unduly quick; precipitate; rash:
a hasty decision.
4.
brief; fleeting; slight; superficial:
a hasty glance.
5.
impatient; impetuous; thoughtless; injudicious:
hasty words.
6.
easily irritated or angered; irascible:
a hasty temper.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French hasti, hastif; see haste, -ive
Related forms
hastily, adverb
hastiness, noun
unhastily, adverb
unhasty, adjective
Synonyms
1. swift, rapid, fast, fleet, brisk. 3. foolhardy, reckless, headlong. 6. testy, touchy, fiery, excitable, irritable.
Antonyms
1. slow. 3. deliberate.
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  • Most academics don't present hastily written papers.
  • At the same time, she has thrown her opponents off balance, as they now hastily prepare for an early election.
  • Lunch is an often neglected meal of the day: sometimes skipped, many times hastily consumed, lunch is often over before it begins.
  • The officer took my driver's license, stepped away from the car to write up the ticket-then hastily returned.
  • Plywood on the windows, staff peering out through openings in the curtains hastily installed a few minutes ago.
  • Government archaeologists hastily excavated the site and removed the objects.
  • They will give food to think over, and must not be read too hastily.
British Dictionary definitions for hastily

hasty

/ˈheɪstɪ/
adjective -tier, -tiest
1.
rapid; swift; quick
2.
excessively or rashly quick
3.
short-tempered
4.
showing irritation or anger: hasty words
Derived Forms
hastily, adverb
hastiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hastily
adv.

c.1300, "quickly," from hasty + -ly (2). Meaning "without due consideration" is 1580s.

hasty

adj.

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]

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