What does haphazard mean?

Definitions for haphazardhæpˈhæz ərd; ˈhæpˌhæz-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word haphazard.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. haphazard, hit-or-miss(adj)

    dependent upon or characterized by chance

    "a haphazard plan of action"; "his judgment is rather hit-or-miss"

  2. haphazard, slapdash, slipshod, sloppy(adverb)

    marked by great carelessness

    "a most haphazard system of record keeping"; "slapdash work"; "slipshod spelling"; "sloppy workmanship"

  3. haphazard, haphazardly(adverb)

    without care; in a slapdash manner

    "the Prime Minister was wearing a grey suit and a white shirt with a soft collar, but his neck had become thinner and the collar stood away from it as if it had been bought haphazard"


  1. haphazard(a.)

    Determined by chance, whimsy, or guesswork; unplanned; aimless; random; -- used mostly of human actions.


  1. haphazard(Adjective)

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

    Do not make such haphazard changes to the settings; instead, adjust the knobs carefully, a bit at a time.

  2. Origin: From hap + hazard.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Haphazard(noun)

    extra hazard; chance; accident; random

  2. Origin: [Hap + hazard.]


  1. Haphazard

    The word haphazard has multiple meanings. For other meanings, see Haphazard. Haphazard is the first album by American singer-songwriter S. J. Tucker, released in 2004.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of haphazard in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of haphazard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Richard Guggenheimer:

    Unless a life is activated by sustained purpose it can become a depressingly haphazard affair.

  2. Martin Luther King:

    True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring.

  3. E. B. White:

    Deathlessness should be arrived at in a... haphazard fashion. Loving fame as much as any man, we shall carve our initials in the shell of a tortoise and turn him loose in a peat bog.

  4. Margot Fonteyn:

    If I have learnt anything, it is that life forms no logical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return

  5. Margot Fonteyn:

    If I have learnt anything, it is that life forms no logical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return?

Images & Illustrations of haphazard

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Translations for haphazard

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • náhodnýCzech
  • willkürlich, planlosGerman
  • sin ton ni son, fortuito, a su aire, inconsistente, casualSpanish
  • sattumanvarainen, satunnainen, umpimähkäinenFinnish
  • désordonné, aléatoireFrench
  • neamhrialtaIrish
  • neureiltManx
  • rendszertelen, összevissza, ötletszerű, véletlenszerű, esetlegesHungarian
  • պատահական, խառըArmenian
  • óskipulegur, tilviljunarkenndurIcelandic
  • ongeordend, willekeurig, chaotischDutch
  • tilfeldigNorwegian
  • chaotycznyPolish
  • confuso, aleatório, sem pé nem cabeça, atabalhoadoPortuguese
  • непостоянный, случайный, хаотичныйRussian
  • kuturu, toptanAlbanian
  • tillfälligSwedish

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