adjective (hastier, hastiest)
- 1Done with excessive speed or urgency; hurried: a hasty attempt to defuse the situation hasty decisionsMore example sentences
quick, hurried, fast, swift, rapid, speedy, brisk, hurrying, expeditious; cursory, perfunctory, brief, short, fleeting, passing, flying, transitoryrash, impetuous, impulsive, reckless, precipitate, precipitous, incautious, imprudent, spur-of-the-moment, premature, ill-considered, unconsidered, unthinking, ill-advised, ill-judged, injudicious• rare temerarious
- 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 excessive speed or insufficient consideration: don’t be too hasty in criticizing a colleagueMore example sentences
- 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.More 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.
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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).