Definition of hasty in US English:



  • 1Done or acting with excessive speed or urgency; hurried.

    ‘a hasty attempt to defuse the situation’
    ‘hasty decisions’
    • ‘When Bill grabbed a large broom to fend off the one-metre long reptile, it reared up, sparking a hasty retreat from Bill.’
    • ‘It's too early and it's too different and we should be careful of making bad, hasty decisions.’
    • ‘Frankie and Wes left the party rather abruptly after that, bidding hasty goodbyes and hurrying out to the car.’
    • ‘Finally, Egoyan and Danna fielded a number of questions from the audience before making a hasty exit.’
    • ‘The campaign warns people not to let the caller in if they are suspicious, or to be pressured into a hasty decision and pay any money up front.’
    • ‘Why has the Government taken such a hasty decision to restore the old order?’
    • ‘He said he had been banned from talking openly despite apologising to Mr Yacomeni and admitting he may have been hasty talking to the press.’
    • ‘Next day I discovered that in my hasty exit I left my favourite belt behind.’
    • ‘Hegarty has already shown during his time at Aberdeen that he can get the best out of players and it was a hasty decision on their part to get rid of him.’
    • ‘Lawson might have been better off waiting for Edinburgh's new coach to be appointed before making any hasty decision.’
    • ‘This, they hold, gives the man a chance to atone for any hasty decision he might have taken.’
    • ‘A self-confessed soft spot for wine and women reputedly put a hasty end to his vocation, but he is still an ardent Christian.’
    • ‘A harbour is a valuable asset and it is to be hoped that no hasty decision is taken that we will regret later.’
    • ‘About 30 minutes later I questioned my hasty departure and returned to check out the price.’
    • ‘Other scenarios are about not jumping to the wrong, hasty conclusion: a lesson, it seems, we could all learn.’
    • ‘Last week, there were encouraging signs that the BBC would not be making any hasty decisions.’
    • ‘It looked like I had made a hasty and unthinking attempt to hide the fact.’
    • ‘I felt my heart begin to pound a bit faster, and took a hasty drink from my water glass to dispel my anxiety.’
    • ‘One model-actress kept the children waiting for hours, and then made a hasty exit after five minutes.’
    • ‘But the wider financial district was forced into a hasty evacuation last Tuesday in a terrifying fog of dust and smoke.’
    quick, hurried, fast, swift, rapid, speedy, brisk, hurrying, expeditious
    rash, impetuous, impulsive, reckless, precipitate, precipitous, incautious, imprudent, spur-of-the-moment, premature, ill-considered, unconsidered, unthinking, ill-advised, ill-judged, injudicious
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    1. 1.1 Acting with with excessive speed or insufficient consideration.
      ‘don't be too hasty in criticizing a colleague’
      • ‘Those familiar with Bresson's oeuvre will know better than to jump to hasty conclusions.’
      • ‘Why would you behave in a manner that we might call hasty later on?’
      • ‘But the Prime Minister might have been a little hasty in serving notice to the Privy Council that "we are moving out."’
      • ‘And Italy is wondering if it was too hasty in ratifying it.’
      • ‘Try not to be shocked when this happens as it is only natural, and don't let yourself make any hasty decisions either.’
      • ‘With these words he kissed the hand he still held and made a hasty departure.’
      • ‘Things got worse when he was made an offer that he had to refuse and he made a hasty retreat.’
      • ‘Whereas the Court is still looked upon with suspicion for its hasty ruling on the 2000 Presidential election, we note a couple instances where it has affirmed common sense.’
      • ‘Apologizing for his hasty suggestion, JOH explained that a closer look at the patient's blood might provide a more accurate diagnosis.’
      • ‘Passion marks all what you do this week: there are chances of your falling in love at first sight or getting into a hasty marriage.’
      • ‘Challenged to a repeat bet over the next decade, Ehrlich beat a hasty retreat.’
      • ‘It looked as though I had been a little too hasty in getting nervous about the play!’
      • ‘The decision was not made in a hasty manner.’
      • ‘The newly formed In Defense of Freedom Coalition held a news conference on September 20 and released a statement expressing concern over hasty Congressional action.’
      • ‘"Bible students" will be under significant pressure to make hasty decisions on the basis of carefully screened information.’
      • ‘Dravid had missed out on a lovely batting surface in Multan, consumed on a rather hasty pull by Sami.’
      • ‘Republican candidates are arguing that a hasty withdrawal from Iraq would endanger the United States.’
      • ‘Yet other calamities could occur that might frighten governments and regulators into taking hasty action.’
      • ‘This aspect causes you to make hasty, sometimes regrettable decisions.’
      • ‘But in view of the weak financial conditions and low level of technology of the local entertainment industry, this optimism seems somewhat hasty.’
    2. 1.2archaic Quick-tempered.
      • ‘Few blush at being termed a hasty man, but consider it is said "He that is governed by his passions is little superior to a fool."’
      • ‘He that is slow to anger is of great understanding; but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.’
      • ‘By nature they are naturally quick-witted, bold, hasty, quarrelsome and courageous.’
      impetuous, impulsive, headstrong, reckless, rash, irresponsible, foolhardy, madcap, wild, excitable, volatile, precipitate, overhasty, unruly, fiery, hot-tempered, quick-tempered
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Middle English: from Old French hasti, hastif, from haste (see haste).