Definition of haphazard in English:

haphazard

adjective

  • Lacking any obvious principle of organization.

    ‘the kitchen drawers contained a haphazard collection of silver souvenir spoons’
    • ‘Suffice it to say that there's nothing haphazard about this collection.’
    • ‘This occurred in a haphazard fashion on 23 July in Dublin, and although swiftly suppressed, caught Dublin castle ill prepared.’
    • ‘Either the Carlow side had not shook off the celebrations of the Millennium or they approached the game in a haphazard fashion.’
    • ‘Unpack London shopping in a haphazard fashion so that new flat looks lived in.’
    • ‘Thus, heterogeneity in beliefs within the organization makes performance more haphazard.’
    • ‘The bows of the longboat collided with the dock, causing the little boats to pitch and sway in a haphazard fashion.’
    • ‘But what happens when opinion polls are produced in a haphazard fashion only days before an election?’
    • ‘First, Aristotle and his followers practise a haphazard, uncritical collection of data.’
    • ‘These difficulties are unfortunately compounded by a haphazard organization.’
    • ‘I looked here and there in a somewhat haphazard fashion for spiritual people to share in spiritual conversation.’
    • ‘In the rush to implement a giant program, reforestation contracts were awarded in a haphazard fashion.’
    • ‘In reality, of course, charging into exporting in this kind of haphazard fashion is not ideal.’
    • ‘Organization was haphazard; there were far too few bishops, and some were invalidly consecrated.’
    • ‘This time, they waved around in a haphazard fashion, as if weaving a very complicated design.’
    • ‘Please note that this is a haphazard collection, and there is no implication that any of these are right, wrong or compelling.’
    • ‘Inside was a stack of parcels all roughly the same size, like hunks of dried pork, but wrapped in different materials and tied in haphazard but secure fashions.’
    • ‘My wife and I have been saving money for her big brother for the last 3 ½ years, but only in a haphazard fashion.’
    • ‘Instead, we are introduced to necessary elements in offhand, haphazard fashion.’
    • ‘This, in spite of the fact that Hut Bay looks like a haphazard collection of huts and houses grown out of a logging settlement.’
    • ‘International festival screenings of the uncut version followed in a somewhat haphazard fashion.’
    random, unplanned, unsystematic, unmethodical, disorganized, disorderly, irregular, indiscriminate, chaotic, hit-and-miss, arbitrary, orderless, aimless, undirected, careless, casual, slapdash, slipshod
    chance, accidental
    higgledy-piggledy
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Origin

Late 16th century: from hap + hazard.

Pronunciation:

haphazard

/ˌhapˈhazərd/