from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Rapidity of action or motion.
- n. Overeagerness to act.
- n. Rash or headlong action; precipitateness.
- transitive v. To hasten or cause to hasten.
- idiom make haste To move or act swiftly; hurry.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A speedy or quick action. (e.g. We were running late so we finished our meal in haste)
- v. To urge onward; to hasten
- v. To move with haste.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. To hasten; to hurry.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)