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[heyst] /heɪst/
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 with or without 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.
Origin of haste
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French < Germanic; akin to Old Frisian hāste, Old English hæst violence, Old Norse heifst hatred, Gothic haifsts quarrel
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hasting
Historical Examples
  • hasting home with their bowls of water crowned with flowers, they told their story to the stargeshina.

  • Achates, hasting on his message, bent his way towards the ships.

  • He did not repeat now the words that hasting heard on the bank of the Eure, "We will obey no one!"

    The Normans Sarah Orne Jewett
  • "Yes, we get our milk at Mr. hasting's place," answered the switchman.

  • Their camp was successfully stormed, and much booty was taken, together with the wife and sons of hasting.

  • hasting to the apartment of her friend, she knocked, and was bidden enter.

    Blue Lights R.M. Ballantyne
  • hasting left with his message, and Rollo continued his advance to the Seine.

  • Under their leader hasting or Hastein, they seized and occupied the city of Chester.

    Cheshire Charles E. Kelsey
  • I found her hasting with all speed across the High Street, the contrary way from what it should have been.

    The King's Daughters Emily Sarah Holt
  • Poppa, pleaded Nero, hasting to intercept her flight, forgive me.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
British Dictionary definitions for hasting


speed, esp in an action; swiftness; rapidity
the act of hurrying in a careless or rash manner
a necessity for hurrying; urgency
make haste, to hurry; rush
a poetic word for hasten
Derived Forms
hasteful, adjective
hastefully, adverb
Word Origin
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 and History for hasting



early 13c., from Old French haste "haste, urgency, hastiness" (12c., Modern French hâte), from Frankish *haifst "violence," from West Germanic *haifstiz (cf. Gothic haifsts "strife," Old English hæste "violent, vehement, impetuous"). To make haste is recorded by 1530s.


late 13c., from Old French haster (Modern French hâter), from haste (see haste). Now largely superseded by hasten (1560s).

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Idioms and Phrases with hasting


In addition to the idiom beginning with haste also see: make haste
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