Definition of hasty in English:


Syllabification: hast·y
Pronunciation: /ˈhāstē

adjective (hastier, hastiest)

  • 1Done or acting with excessive speed or urgency; hurried: a hasty attempt to defuse the situation hasty decisions
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    • A harbour is a valuable asset and it is to be hoped that no hasty decision is taken that we will regret later.
    • It looked like I had made a hasty and unthinking attempt to hide the fact.
    • A self-confessed soft spot for wine and women reputedly put a hasty end to his vocation, but he is still an ardent Christian.
  • 1.1Acting with with excessive speed or insufficient consideration: don’t be too hasty in criticizing a colleague
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    • Dravid had missed out on a lovely batting surface in Multan, consumed on a rather hasty pull by Sami.
    • The decision was not made in a hasty manner.
    • Challenged to a repeat bet over the next decade, Ehrlich beat a hasty retreat.
  • 1.2 archaic Quick-tempered.
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    • By nature they are naturally quick-witted, bold, hasty, quarrelsome and courageous.
    • Few blush at being termed a hasty man, but consider it is said "He that is governed by his passions is little superior to a fool."
    • He that is slow to anger is of great understanding; but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.



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  • More commonly, over-enthusiasm comes in the form of hastiness.
  • The moment you betray irritation and hastiness in your manner towards Ramasamy, he ceases to follow you.
  • Regardless, he attributes the hastiness of the reviews to the nature of contemporary music.


Middle English: from Old French hasti, hastif, from haste (see haste).

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