- 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.
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”).