- To move or act swiftly; hurry.
- in a hurry
- in too great a hurry; without enough care
- to hasten; hurry
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”).
Middle English from Old French of Germanic origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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