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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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Examples from the Web for hastiness
Historical Examples
  • The hastiness of Rupert prevented Edgehill from being a victory, and definitely lost Naseby, the final battle of the war.

    Battles of English History H. B. (Hereford Brooke) George
  • Perhaps some hastiness in my way of proceeding may have influenced her determination.

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
  • "I have been accused of hastiness in my judgment of men, but it is admitted that I seldom make mistakes," he said complacently.

    Burned Bridges Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Gervaise had calmed down and was already regretting her hastiness.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • I trembled at the idea of ridicule: hence the hastiness of my conduct.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • But even as the handcar was passing him Mr. Trimm regretted his hastiness.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • I know 't was a fault o' youth an' hastiness, but I ain't never forgot it all my long life.

    Betty Leicester Sarah Orne Jewett
  • No, sir; and if I showed some hastiness of temper, excuse me—I believe it is my failing.

    The Youth of Jefferson J. E. Cooke.
  • Thereupon he went downstairs, and I, comparing my hastiness to his calm, acknowledged the man worthy of teaching me some lessons.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • I am sure you have regretted your hastiness by this time, and it will be a lesson to you in the future.

    About Peggy Saville Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
British Dictionary definitions for hastiness


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 hastiness



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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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