adjective, hast·i·er, hast·i·est.

  1. moving or acting with haste; speedy; quick; hurried.
  2. made or done with haste or speed: a hasty visit.
  3. unduly quick; precipitate; rash: a hasty decision.
  4. brief; fleeting; slight; superficial: a hasty glance.
  5. impatient; impetuous; thoughtless; injudicious: hasty words.
  6. easily irritated or angered; irascible: a hasty temper.

adjective -tier or -tiest

  1. rapid; swift; quick
  2. excessively or rashly quick
  3. short-tempered
  4. showing irritation or angerhasty words

mid-14c., “speedy, quick,” by 1500s replacing or nativizing earlier hastif (c.1300) “eager, impetuous,” from Old French hastif “speedy, rapid; forward, advanced; rash, impetuous” (12c., Modern French hâtif), from haste (see haste). Meaning “requiring haste” is late 14c. (the sense in hasty pudding, 1590s, so called because it was made quickly); that of “rash” is from early 15c. Related: Hastiness. Old French also had a form hasti (for loss of terminal -f, cf. joli/jolif, etc.), which may have influenced the form of the English word.

The termination was doubtless from the first identified with native -i, -y, from OE -ig; and it is noticeable that the other Teutonic langs. have formed corresponding adjs. of that type: Du. haastig, Ger., Da., Sw. hastig. [OED]

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