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[hey-stee] /ˈheɪ sti/
adjective, hastier, hastiest.
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
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French hasti, hastif; see haste, -ive
Related forms
hastily, adverb
hastiness, noun
unhastily, adverb
unhasty, adjective
1. swift, rapid, fast, fleet, brisk. 3. foolhardy, reckless, headlong. 6. testy, touchy, fiery, excitable, irritable.
1. slow. 3. deliberate. Unabridged
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  • She did not allow him to finish; she said hastily that she must witness the contest.

    The Blue Wall Richard Washburn Child
  • hastily he uncorked the left-hand bottle, and was immediately reassured.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • She walked after him, and when he turned round to look at her, she hastily looked the other way.

    The Silver Lining John Roussel
  • The carriage stopped, and Marriott hastily jumped out of it.

  • It is enough to say here that the view Cooper took was not hastily formed, nor was it the result of accidental prejudices.

    James Fenimore Cooper Thomas R. Lounsbury
British Dictionary definitions for hastily


adjective -tier, -tiest
rapid; swift; quick
excessively or rashly quick
showing irritation or anger: hasty words
Derived Forms
hastily, adverb
hastiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hastily

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



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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