from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Dependent upon or characterized by mere chance. synonym: chance.
  • noun Mere chance; fortuity.
  • adverb By chance; casually.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Chance; accident.
  • Chance; accidental; random: as, a haphazard statement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Extra hazard; chance; accident; random.
  • adjective Determined by chance, whimsy, or guesswork; unplanned; aimless; random; -- used mostly of human actions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective random; chaotic; incomplete; not thorough, constant, or consistent

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective marked by great carelessness
  • adjective dependent upon or characterized by chance
  • adverb without care; in a slapdash manner


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From hap ("chance, luck") + hazard.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word haphazard.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.