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[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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Examples for hasty
  • In many ways, the first inauguration was a hasty, slapdash affair.
  • Pettersen made a hasty exit and did not talk to reporters.
  • Despite my hasty departure from college, I had always been warm to the idea of academe and to academics.
  • The issue reveals infighting and hasty decisions that have become common in the computer security industry.
  • The pair beat a hasty retreat, paddling their float to shore.
  • Don't be too hasty to give up a reliable piece of technology that costs little but yields great value.
  • They were married in a hasty civil ceremony just before he deployed.
  • Mason's father is advising his son not to be too hasty.
  • It's a messy, hasty-seeming ending to a book that began with huge promise.
  • Making a hasty decision would be wrong in this instance.
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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