Haste Definition

hāst
hasted, hastes, hasting
noun
The act of hurrying; quickness of motion; rapidity.
Webster's New World
Rash or headlong action; precipitateness.
Forgot the tickets in their haste to catch the train.
American Heritage
The act of hurrying carelessly or recklessly.
Haste makes waste.
Webster's New World
Necessity for hurrying; urgency.
An air of haste marks the undertaking.
Webster's New World
verb
hasted, hastes, hasting
To hasten or cause to hasten.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
To urge onward; to hasten.
Wiktionary
(intransitive) To move with haste.
Wiktionary
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idiom
make haste
  • To move or act swiftly; hurry.
American Heritage
in haste
  • in a hurry
  • in too great a hurry; without enough care
Webster's New World
make haste
  • to hasten; hurry
Webster's New World

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Origin of 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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