Definition of hasty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈheɪsti/

adjective (hastier, hastiest)

1Done 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.
quick, hurried, fast, swift, rapid, speedy, brisk, hurrying, expeditious;
cursory, perfunctory, brief, short, fleeting, passing, flying, transitory
literary fleet, rathe
rash, impetuous, impulsive, reckless, precipitate, precipitous, incautious, imprudent, spur-of-the-moment, premature, ill-considered, unconsidered, unthinking, ill-advised, ill-judged, injudicious
rare temerarious
1.1Acting 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈheɪstɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • 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).

Words that rhyme with hasty

pastie, pasty, tasty

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