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hasting, n.2 and adj.

Forms:  see haste v.   and -ing suffix2.(Show Less)
Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: Formed within English, by derivation. Etymons: haste v., -ing suffix2.
Etymology: < haste v. + -ing suffix2.
The noun use probably developed from the adjective, although this is first attested later (see sense A.).
In use with reference to produce (see senses A. 2   and B. 2) perhaps influenced by -ing suffix3 (compare e.g. Queening n.1, greening n.2). With this sense compare earlier hasty adj. 2   and the French forms cited at that entry.
 A. n.2

1. Chiefly slang or colloq. A person who hastens or makes haste; one who seizes opportunities early or who advances quickly in life. Chiefly in negative contexts, in you are (also he is, etc.) none of the hastings : used to describe a person as slow, sluggish, or lazy. Obsolete.Apparently as a figurative use of sense A. 2.

1546   J. Heywood Dialogue Prouerbes Eng. Tongue i. xii. sig. Eiiv   Toward your work..ye make such tastings As approue you to be none of the hastyngs.
1581   R. Mulcaster Positions iv. 19   Ripenes in children, is not tyed to one time, no more then all corne is ripe for one reaping... Some be hastinges and will on, some be hardinges, and drawe backe.
a1661   T. Fuller Worthies (1662) Sussex 100   Now men commonly say they are none of the Hastings, who, being slow and slack, go about business with no agility.
1699   B. E. New Dict. Canting Crew   You are none of the Hastings, of him that loses an Opportunity..for want of Dispatch.
1787   F. Grose Local Prov. in Provinc. Gloss. sig. R5v   He is none of the hastings, said of a dull sluggish messenger.
1894   All Year Round 24 Nov. 499/2   ‘He is none of the Hastings’ is spoken of a slow person in Leicestershire.

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 2. Originally: a variety of fruit or vegetable that ripens, matures, or comes into growth early in the growing season. In later use: spec. (more fully green hasting, white hasting) either of two early-ripening varieties of pea, Pisum sativum; garden peas or a garden pea. Also attributive, frequently with the first element in plural form, as hastings pea, hastings pear; cf. sense B. 2. Now hist. and rare.Earlier currency is probably implied by the apparent figurative allusion to this sense at sense A. 1.

1573   T. Tusser Fiue Hundreth Points Good Husbandry (new ed.) f. 20v   Sow Haestings now, if ground it allow.
1585   J. Higgins tr. Junius Nomenclator 101/2   Ficus præcox. Figue hastive. A rathe fig ripened before the time: an hasting.
1600   R. Surflet tr. C. Estienne & J. Liébault Maison Rustique iii. xlix. 537   Garden, tender and delicate peares, such as are the..hasting, rimolt, mollart, greening, butter peare [etc.].
1629   J. Parkinson Paradisi in Sole 522   The kindes of Pease are these: The Rounciuall. The greene Hasting. The Sugar Pease... The white Hasting.
1689   S. Sewall Diary 4 June (1973) I. 219   Green Hastings, i.e. Pease, are cry'd at 6d a Peck, in little carts.
1712   J. Mortimer Whole Art Husbandry (ed. 3) xiii. i. 439   The large white and green Hastings are tender, and not to be set till the cold is over.
1727   Pope et al. Περι Βαθους: Art of Sinking 73 in Swift et al. Misc.: Last Vol.   Common Cryers..persuade People to buy their Oysters, green Hastings, or new Ballads.
1802   W. Forsyth Treat. Fruit-trees vii. 81   The Green Chissel, or Hastings Pear,..always remains green, and is full of juice when ripe.
1813   J. Headrick Gen. View Agric. Angus 311   The Hastings pea is preferred, whose straw is more valuable than that of the common late pea.
1878   Hardwicke's Sci.-gossip 14 190/2   A day or two since I heard the cry, ‘Green Hastings!’..fifty years ago, it was the usual cry for green peas.
2012   W. Greene Veg. Gardening i. 8/2   The ‘Hastings’ pea appeared in the historic record in the 15th century as the first recognizable green pea (P[isum] sativum var. sativum). Like all peas eaten in the green stage, it bore white flowers.

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 B. adj.

 1. That hastens; speeding. Now literary and poet.

1566   T. Drant tr. Horace Medicinable Morall sig. F.ij   Thou doste trace the hastyng hare.
1645   Milton Sonnet vii, in Poems 49   My hasting dayes flie on with full career.
1698   Man. of Devotions 124   I..may lift up my head with Joy at my hasting Dissolution.
1848   Graham's Mag. Feb. 127/1   You'd hear his hasting step go by.
1870   R. W. Emerson Plutarch in Wks. (1906) III. 343   To keep up with the hasting history.
1932   ‘L. G. Gibbon’ Sunset Song in Scots Quair iii. 144   Chris loitered on the road in the tail of the hasting scholars.
1969   Country Life 4 Dec. 1533/1   Even in this hasting era, a picture of the squire snoozing..or peasants taking their noonday rest..have a sedative effect.
2005   B. Berkenfield Driving Toward Moon 25   She comes from behind To meet my hasting feet.

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2. Of a variety of fruit or vegetable: that ripens, matures, or comes into growth early in the growing season. Cf. hasty adj. 2, hastive adj. 3b. Obsolete.

1578   H. Lyte tr. R. Dodoens Niewe Herball i. xxxv. 52   The huskes be..like a great hasting or garden pease.
1611   R. Cotgrave Dict. French & Eng. Tongues   Hastiveau..a hasting apple, or peare.
1693   J. Evelyn tr. J. de La Quintinie Compl. Gard'ner i. iii. xiv. 167   These Banks or Slopes are very useful..for producing Early and Hasting Peas.
1719   G. London & H. Wise J. de la Quintinie's Compl. Gard'ner (ed. 7) 243   How to raise hasting Strawberries.
1753   Chambers's Cycl. Suppl.   Hasting Pear,..It ripens in July.
1804   Farmer's Mag. 5 18   I tried this year a species of Hasting pea, but for which I have no name.
1928   U. P. Hedrick et al. Veg. N.Y.: Peas iii. 35/1   Parkinson's Hasting pea is excluded from consideration, by its lack of hardiness, as ancestor of either the Extra Earlies or the Marrowfats, since both stand cold well.

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This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, December 2018).

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