From Middle English hasty, of unclear origin. Likely a new formation in Middle English equivalent to haste + -y, found as in other Germanic languages (Old Frisian hastig, Middle Dutch haestigh (> Dutch haastig (“hasty”)), Middle Low German hastich (“hasty”), German hastig, Danish hastig, Swedish hastig (“hasty”)); otherwise possibly representing an assimilation to the foregoing of Middle English hastive, hastif (> English hastive), from Old French hastif (Modern hâtif), from Frankish *haifst (“violence”), of same ultimate origin.
- Acting in haste; being too hurried or quick.
- Without much thinking about it they made a hasty decision to buy it.
1868, Louisa May Alcott, Little Women:
- Watch yourself, be the first to ask pardon if you both err, and guard against the little piques, misunderstandings, and hasty words that often pave the way for bitter sorrow and regret.
1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin:
- But about three o'clock George's ear caught the hasty and decided click of a horse's hoof coming behind them at some distance and jogged Phineas by the elbow.