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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 of hasty
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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  • A stampede to our cabins would follow, and a hasty upgathering of such literature as we could lay our hands upon.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • He is very severe against me indeed, and yet I hope I have not been hasty in my judgment of her.

    Lady Susan Jane Austen
  • Other witnesses observed her leave Duff's, and walk with a hasty step direct to the field road, and turn down it.

    Verner's Pride Mrs. Henry Wood
  • The loss of their leader so disheartened them that they made a hasty retreat.

  • Happie turned back to give her mother an emphatic and hasty kiss before she escaped; she was still perilously near to tears.

    Six Girls and Bob Marion Ames Taggart
British Dictionary definitions for hasty

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 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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