- The definition of haste is speed or urgency.
- An example of haste is how quickly a package is delivered; delivered with haste.
- An example of haste is the hurrying of a catering staff to get food served; working with haste.
This package is being delivered with haste.
- the act of hurrying; quickness of motion; rapidity
- the act of hurrying carelessly or recklessly: haste makes waste
- necessity for hurrying; urgency: the air of haste which marks the undertaking
Origin of hasteMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Frankish an unverified form haist, violence, akin to Old English hæst ; from Indo-European base an unverified form eibh-, quick, violent from source Sanskrit ibham, quick
- in a hurry
- in too great a hurry; without enough care
- Rapidity of action or motion: the haste with which she climbed the stairs.
- Rash or headlong action; precipitateness: forgot the tickets in their haste to catch the train.
intr. & tr.v.hast·ed, hast·ing, hastes Archaic
Origin of hasteMiddle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin.
- Speed; swiftness; dispatch.
- We were running late so we finished our meal in haste.
(third-person singular simple present hastes, present participle hasting, simple past and past participle hasted)
- To urge onward; to hasten
- (intransitive) To move with haste.
- ashet, haets, hates, heats, hetas, sheat
Blend of Middle English hasten (verb), (compare Dutch haasten, German hasten, Danish haste, Swedish hasta (“to hasten, rush”)) and Middle English hast (“haste”, noun), from Old French haste (French: hâte) , from Old Frankish *haist, *haifst (“violence”) , from Proto-Germanic *haifstiz (“struggle, conflict”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱēybʰ- (“fast, snell, fierce”). Akin to Old Frisian hāst, hāste (“haste”), Old English hǣst (“violence”), Old English hǣste (“violent, impetuous, vehement”, adj), Old Norse heift/heipt (“feud”), Gothic (haifsts, “rivalry”). Cognate with German and Danish heftig (“vehement”).