American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Rapidity of action or motion.
- n. Overeagerness to act.
- n. Rash or headlong action; precipitateness.
- v. To hasten or cause to hasten.
- idiom. make haste To move or act swiftly; hurry.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Celerity, primarily of voluntary motion; speed in general; swiftness in doing something; despatch; expedition.
- n. Too great celerity of action; unwise, unnecessary, or unseemly quickness; precipitancy.
- n. The state of being pressed for time, or of having little time to spare; hurry; eager desire to accomplish something in a limited time: as, to be in great haste to finish a letter.
- n. Synonyms Haste, hurry (see hasten); nimbleness, rapidity.
- Same as hasten: now chiefly in poetical use.
- To roast.
- n. A speedy or quick action. (e.g. We were running late so we finished our meal in haste)
- v. transitive To urge onward; to hasten
- v. intransitive To move with haste.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Celerity of motion; speed; swiftness; dispatch; expedition; -- applied only to voluntary beings, as men and other animals.
- n. The state of being urged or pressed by business; hurry; urgency; sudden excitement of feeling or passion; precipitance; vehemence.
- v. Archaic To hasten; to hurry.
- n. a condition of urgency making it necessary to hurry
- n. overly eager speed (and possible carelessness)
- n. the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner
- Blend of Middle English hasten (verb), (compare Dutch haasten, German hasten, Danish haste, Swed. hasta "to hasten, rush") and Middle English hast (noun) "haste" from Old French haste (French: hâte) from Frankish haist, haifst, violence . Akin to Old Frisian hāst, hāste "haste", Old English hǣst "violence", Old English hǣste "violent, impetuous, vehement", Old Norse heift/heipt ("feud"), Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌹𐍆𐍃𐍄𐍃 (haifsts, "rivalry"). Cognate with German and Danish heftig ("vehement"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I probably should've proofread that as writing angry rants in haste is never a good thing, but I've never been this frustrated when dealing with an online store.”
“And when Kamar al-Zaman saw the two, he rose to his father in haste from the couch whereon he sat and kissing his hands drew back and hung down his head and stood before him with his arms behind him, and thus remained for a full hour.”
“Gabriel Le Noir came in haste from the military post where he had been stationed.”
“Sorry: I typed in haste, and Kenneth Cranham just died in face, while his garden hose sprayed on, a symbol of man's essential meaninglessness in the great sweep of time.”
“And between this and the smells arising from various pots boiling and bubbling on the galley fire, I was in haste to get out into the fresh air.”
“And not knowing that Ty-Kwan had disposed of them in haste so that his own people might not have to render account to the Government, Hooniah's pride was unshaken.”
“Be not in haste," Canim cautioned her, as she began to strap the meagre camp outfit to her pack.”
“From her scuppers she ran clear water, and the men were in haste and worked hard at the pumps.”
“Hatred is by far the longest pleasure; Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure.”
“When ones is in haste, one would hardly notice the fine intricacies of such trifles but when one slows down enough, as they say, to smell the roses, things happen.”
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