hasty

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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.

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hasty ‎(comparative hastier, superlative hastiest)

  1. Acting in haste; being too hurried or quick.
    Without much thinking about it they made a hasty decision to buy it.

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