haphazard

Anything haphazard is random, disorganized, slipshod, or hit-or-miss. A tent erected haphazardly might look more like a big nylon bag of dirty laundry than a place to sleep.

Ever heard the expression "I'll hazard a guess?" In it, the word hazard means "chance," as in "take a chance." Think of the hap in haphazard as short for "happen." Combine hap- and -hazard and you get something that happens (or appears to have happened) by chance. If you approach a math problem with haphazard reasoning, you're likely to get it wrong.

Primary Meanings of haphazard

1.
adj
dependent upon or characterized by chance
2.
adjadv
marked by great carelessness
without care; in a slapdash manner
Full Definitions of haphazard
1

adj dependent upon or characterized by chance

“a haphazard plan of action”
Synonyms:
hit-or-miss
random
lacking any definite plan or order or purpose; governed by or depending on chance
2

adj marked by great carelessness

“a most haphazard system of record keeping”
Synonyms:
slapdash, slipshod, sloppy
careless
marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful

adv without care; in a slapdash manner

“the Prime Minister was wearing a grey suit and a white shirt with a soft collar, but his neck had become thinner and the collar stood away from it as if it had been bought haphazard
Synonyms:
haphazardly

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