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

  • noun Rapidity of action or motion.
  • noun Rash or headlong action; precipitateness.
  • intransitive & transitive verb To hasten or cause to hasten.
  • idiom (make haste) To move or act swiftly; hurry.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To roast.
  • noun Celerity, primarily of voluntary motion; speed in general; swiftness in doing something; despatch; expedition.
  • noun Too great celerity of action; unwise, unnecessary, or unseemly quickness; precipitancy.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Synonyms Haste, hurry (see hasten); nimbleness, rapidity.
  • Same as hasten: now chiefly in poetical use.

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

  • noun Celerity of motion; speed; swiftness; dispatch; expedition; -- applied only to voluntary beings, as men and other animals.
  • noun The state of being urged or pressed by business; hurry; urgency; sudden excitement of feeling or passion; precipitance; vehemence.
  • noun to hasten.
  • verb Archaic To hasten; to hurry.

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

  • noun A speedy or quick action. (e.g. We were running late so we finished our meal in haste)
  • verb transitive To urge onward; to hasten
  • verb intransitive To move with haste.

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

  • noun a condition of urgency making it necessary to hurry
  • noun overly eager speed (and possible carelessness)
  • noun the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").


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