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post-haste

Definition:

as fast as possible; with all possible haste

Class:

adverb (modifies a verb, adjective, or other adverb)

Comparative:

more post-haste

Superlative:

most post-haste

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

send it to me post-haste

Synonyms:

posthaste

Etymology:

the former instruction on letters "haste, post, haste," later reinterpreted as a ...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Oxford Dictionary:

post-haste

with great speed or immediacy (5 of 39 words, 1 usage example)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/post--haste

Wiktionary:

post-haste | ASAP [synonym, sense-specific] | quickly [synonym, sense-specific]

Alternative spelling of posthaste. | A great hurry. (7 of 28 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/post-haste

Collins Dictionary:

posthaste

with great haste; as fast as possible | [archaic] great haste (10 of 274 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/posthaste

Merriam-Webster:

posthaste [entry 1, noun, archaic]

great haste (2 of 15 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/posthaste

posthaste [entry 2, adverb] | apace [synonym] | briskly [synonym] | chop-chop [synonym] | double-quick [synonym] | fleetly [synonym] | full tilt [synonym] | hastily [synonym] | hell-for-leather [synonym] | ...

with all possible speed (4 of 82 words, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/posthaste show=1

posthaste [entry 3, adjective, obsolete] | speedy [synonym] | immediate [synonym]

"speedy", "immediate" (2 of 18 words, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/posthaste show=2

Macmillan British Dictionary:

posthaste [literary]

as quickly as possible (4 of 29 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/posthaste

American Heritage Dictionary:

posthaste

With great speed; rapidly. | [archaic] Great speed; rapidity. (8 of 23 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/posthaste

Random House Dictionary:

posthaste

with the greatest possible speed or promptness. | [archaic] great haste. (10 of 22 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/posthaste

Cambridge Dictionary:

posthaste [dated, formal]

as fast as possible (4 of 18 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/posthaste

New World Dictionary:

posthaste

[archaic] great haste, as of a postrider | with great haste (10 of 11 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/posthaste

Encarta Dictionary:

posthaste

as quickly as possible (4 of 22 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737745​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

post-haste

Origin: the former instruction on letters "haste, post, haste," later reinterpreted as a compound of post + haste.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/post-haste

posthaste

Origin: the former instruction on letters 'haste, post, haste', later reinterpreted as a compound of post + haste.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/posthaste

Oxford Dictionary:

post-haste

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: the direction "haste, post, haste", formerly given on letters

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/post--haste

posthaste

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: the direction "haste, post, haste," formerly given on letters

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/posthaste

Online Etymology:

posthaste

First use: 1540s

Origin: usually said to be from "post haste" instruction formerly written on letters (attested from 1530s), from "post" (3) "system for sending mail" + ... (24 of 38 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=posthaste

American Heritage Dictionary:

posthaste

Origin: From the phrase haste, post, haste, a direction on letters.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/posthaste

Merriam-Webster:

posthaste [entry 1, noun, archaic]

First use: 1545

Origin: post

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/posthaste

post [entry 3, noun]

First use: 1507

Origin: Middle French poste relay station, courier, from Old Italian posta relay station, from feminine of posto, past participle of ... (20 of 26 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/post show=2

Encarta Dictionary:

posthaste

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Haste, post, haste, an instruction on letters

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737745​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

posthaste

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "posthaste"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/posthaste

the Free Dictionary:

post-haste

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "post-haste"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "post-haste"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/post-haste

posthaste

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "posthaste"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "posthaste"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "posthaste" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/posthaste

Collins Dictionary:

posthaste

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "posthaste"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/posthaste

Macmillan British Dictionary:

posthaste [literary]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "posthaste"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/posthaste

Macmillan American Dictionary:

posthaste [literary]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "posthaste"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/posthaste

Cambridge Dictionary:

posthaste [dated, formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "posthaste"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "posthaste"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/posthaste

Google Dictionary:

posthaste

Audio: English pronunciation of "posthaste"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

posthaste

Audio: North American pronunciation of "posthaste"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=postha​01 word=posthaste

YourDictionary Audio:

posthaste

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "posthaste" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/posthaste

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