What does haste mean?

Definitions for haste

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. haste, hastiness, hurry, hurriedness, precipitationnoun

    overly eager speed (and possible carelessness)

    "he soon regretted his haste"

  2. haste, hurry, rush, rushingnoun

    the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner

    "in his haste to leave he forgot his book"

  3. hurry, hastenoun

    a condition of urgency making it necessary to hurry

    "in a hurry to lock the door"


  1. hastenoun

    A speedy or quick action. (e.g. We were running late so we finished our meal in haste)

  2. hasteverb

    To urge onward; to hasten

  3. hasteverb

    To move with haste.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HASTEnoun

    Etymology: haste, French; haeste, Dutch.

    Spare him, death!
    Let not pity with her tears
    Keep such distance from thine ears:
    But O, thou wilt not, canst not spare!
    Haste hath never time to hear. Richard Crashaw.

    Our lines reform’d, and not compos’d in haste,
    Polish’d like marble, would like marble last;
    But as the present, so the last age writ;
    In both we find like negligence and wit. Edmund Waller.

    In as much haste as I am, I cannot forbear giving an example. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    The wretched father, running to their aid
    With pious haste, but vain, they next invade. Dryden.

    I said in my haste, all men are liars. Ps. cxvi. II.

  2. To Haste, To Hastenverb

    To push forward; to urge on; to precipitate; to drive to a swifter pace.

    Let it be so hasted, that supper be ready at the farthest by five of the clock. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    All hopes of succour from your arms is past;
    To save us now, you must our ruin haste. Dryden.

    Each sees his lamp with diff’rent lustre crown’d;
    Each knows his course with diff’rent periods bound;
    And in his passage through the liquid space,
    Nor hastens, nor retards his neighbour’s race. Matthew Prior.

  3. To Haste, To Hastenverb

    Etymology: haster, French; haesten, Dutch.

    I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee. Jer.

    ’Tis Cinna, I do know him by his gait;
    He is a friend. Cinna, where haste you so? William Shakespeare.

    They were troubled and hasted away. Ps. xlviii. 5.

    All those things are passed away like a shadow, and as a post that hasted by. Wisd. v. 9.

    Hasting to pay his tribute to the sea,
    Like mortal life to meet eternity. John Denham.

    These rites perform’d, the prince, without delay,
    Hastes to the nether world, his destin’d way. John Dryden, Æn.

    To distant Sparta, and the spacious waste
    Of sandy Pyle, the royal youth shall haste. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    Soon as the sun awakes the sprightly court,
    Leave their repose, and hasten to the sport. Matthew Prior.


  1. haste

    Haste refers to excessive speed or urgency of movement or action; hurriedness. It often implies carelessness or rashness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hastenoun

    celerity of motion; speed; swiftness; dispatch; expedition; -- applied only to voluntary beings, as men and other animals

  2. Hastenoun

    the state of being urged or pressed by business; hurry; urgency; sudden excitement of feeling or passion; precipitance; vehemence

  3. Hastenoun

    to hasten; to hurry

  4. Etymology: [OE. hasten; akin to G. hasten, D. haasten, Dan. haste, Sw. hasta, OF. haster, F. hter. See Haste, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Haste

    hāst, n. speed, quickness, a hurry: rashness: vehemence.—vs.t. Haste, Hasten (hās′n), to put to speed: to hurry on: to drive forward.—vs.i. to move with speed: to be in a hurry:—pr.p. hāst′ing, hastening (hās′ning); pa.p. hāst′ed, hastened (hās′nd).n. Hast′ener.—adv. Hast′ily.—n. Hast′iness, hurry: rashness: irritability.—adj. Hast′y, speedy: quick: rash: eager: passionate.—n. Hast′y-pudd′ing, flour, milk, or oatmeal and water porridge.—adj. Hast′y-wit′ted, rash.—Make haste, to hasten. [O. Fr. haste (Fr. hâte), from Teut.; cf. A.S. hǽst, Dut. haast, Ger. hast.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HASTE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Haste is ranked #35489 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Haste surname appeared 634 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Haste.

    92.1% or 584 total occurrences were White.
    3.9% or 25 total occurrences were Black.
    1.7% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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Anagrams for haste »

  1. ashet

  2. haets

  3. hates

  4. heats

  5. hetas

  6. sheat

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of haste in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of haste in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of haste in a Sentence

  1. Lord Byron:

    Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure; Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure.

  2. Biblical Proverb:

    He that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

  3. Saadi:

    Whatever is produced in haste goes hastily to waste.

  4. John Maguire:

    Since its founding in 1935, Friendly’s has been known for value-priced fried seafood, ice cream, burgers and breakfast, their menu had expanded into too many areas without ever really doing testing. There are two big mistakes brands make. They add to the menu out of haste to drive sales, or they have a me-too strategy where they copy other brands. But many of those things just don’t fit.

  5. Tim Bale:

    There was a political imperative on the government to get an agreement and then to go to the electorate with the claim that they had, to coin a phrase, got Brexit done, i think it possibly was the case in some senses that it was `make the agreement in haste and then repent at leisure. And what were seeing now is the repentance.

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