Adjective "haste" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Excessive speed or urgency of movement or action; hurry.
  1. 'I write in haste'
  2. 'After they had seen her, she was in haste to get out of there and save her life.'
  3. 'Your Honour, this matter has been brought on in some haste as I think you can see from the affidavit.'
  4. 'Passion defines your relationships: you either fall for someone at first sight or marry in haste.'
  5. 'It is also evident that the resident has been in haste, with random things lying about.'
  6. 'And so it seems blundering in haste and repenting at leisure is no one's monopoly.'
  7. 'She commanded, and everyone ducked their heads in haste, not wanting to be seen.'
  8. 'It matters that Morgan was dismissed with unseemly haste by corporate interests clearly waiting for the opportunity.'
  9. 'Entertainment channels were launched in haste by overlooking the media habits of the population.'
  10. 'He spun around to spot her making her way over to him; it appeared he had sped past her in his haste to get to the entrance.'
  11. 'The most recent action to evacuate was not taken in haste, he declares, and denounces those who say it was.'


  1. 'Gibeon was also the scene of Joshua's ‘long day’ in which the ‘sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day’.'
  2. 'And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetched a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.'

More definitions

1. swiftness of motion; speed; celerity: He performed his task with great haste. They felt the need for haste.

2. urgent need of quick action; a hurry or rush: to be in haste to get ahead in the world.

3. unnecessarily quick action; thoughtless, rash, or undue speed: Haste makes waste. verb (used with or without object), hasted, hasting.

4. Archaic. to hasten. Idioms

5. make haste, to act or go with speed; hurry: She made haste to tell the president the good news.

More examples(as adjective)

"speeds can be haste."

"madams can be haste."


Middle English: from Old French haste (noun), haster (verb), of Germanic origin.


make haste
more haste, less speed