Has·ty a. [Compar. Hastier superl. Hastiest.]
1. Involving haste; done, made, etc., in haste; as, a hasty retreat; a hasty sketch.
2. Demanding haste or immediate action. [R.] --Chaucer. “Hasty employment.”
3. Moving or acting with haste or in a hurry; hurrying; hence, acting without deliberation; precipitate; rash; easily excited; eager.
Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? There is more hope of a fool than of him. --Prov. xxix. 20.
The hasty multitude
Admiring entered. --Milton.
Be not hasty to go out of his sight. --Eccl. viii. 3.
4. Made or reached without deliberation or due caution; as, a hasty conjecture, inference, conclusion, etc., a hasty resolution.
5. Proceeding from, or indicating, a quick temper.
Take no unkindness of his hasty words. --Shak.
6. Forward; early; first ripe. [Obs.] “As the hasty fruit before the summer.”
adj 1: excessively quick; "made a hasty exit"; "a headlong rush to
sell" [syn: headlong]
2: done with very great haste and without due deliberation;
"hasty marriage seldom proveth well"- Shakespeare; "hasty
makeshifts take the place of planning"- Arthur Geddes;
"rejected what was regarded as an overhasty plan for
reconversion"; "wondered whether they had been rather
precipitate in deposing the king" [syn: overhasty, precipitate,
[also: hastiest, hastier]