- done, proceeding, or occurring with promptness or rapidity, as an action, process, etc.; prompt; immediate: a quick response.
- that is over or completed within a short interval of time: a quick shower.
- moving, or able to move, with speed: a quick fox; a quick train.
- swift or rapid, as motion: a quick flick of the wrist.
- easily provoked or excited; hasty: a quick temper.
- keenly responsive; lively; acute: a quick wit.
- acting with swiftness or rapidity: a quick worker.
- prompt or swift to do something: quick to respond.
- prompt to perceive; sensitive: a quick eye.
- prompt to understand, learn, etc.; of ready intelligence: a quick student.
- (of a bend or curve) sharp: a quick bend in the road.
- consisting of living plants: a quick pot of flowers.
- brisk, as fire, flames, heat, etc.
- endowed with life.
- having a high degree of vigor, energy, or activity.
- living persons: the quick and the dead.
- the tender, sensitive flesh of the living body, especially that under the nails: nails bitten down to the quick.
- the vital or most important part.
- Chiefly British.
- a line of shrubs or plants, especially of hawthorn, forming a hedge.
- a single shrub or plant in such a hedge.
- cut to the quick, to injure deeply; hurt the feelings of: Their callous treatment cut her to the quick.
Origin of quick
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Examples from the Web for quick
He could deliver a quick, effective speech, or hold a proper press conference.Obama’s Pot Policy Is Refer Madness
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American lawmakers were quick to praise the military operation.Final Chapter for Accused Africa Bomber
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Other footage shows him fleeing, keeping to a quick walk, jogging briefly, then walking again as he heads for a subway station.Exclusive: Inside a Cop-Killer’s Final Hours
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Most people know the Universal Life Church as a quick and easy place to get ordained without leaving your couch.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 15-21, 2014
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Geisbert was also quick to mention how the methodology of the study could be affecting the current results.Uh Oh: Ebola Vaccine Trials Stop
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Hipparete blushed, and with a quick and nervous motion touched her cithara.
Suddenly Eucoline touched my arm with a quick and timid motion.
Obeying a quick impulse, Percival stepped to the curb as she came opposite to him.
He took two quick steps forward and grasped one of her wrists.
"Don't come this way," she called back, in quick, low tones of caution.
- (of an action, movement, etc) performed or occurring during a comparatively short timea quick move
- lasting a comparatively short time; briefa quick flight
- accomplishing something in a time that is shorter than normala quick worker
- characterized by rapidity of movement; swift or fasta quick walker
- immediate or prompta quick reply
- (postpositive) eager or ready to perform (an action)quick to criticize
- responsive to stimulation; perceptive or alert; livelya quick eye
- eager or enthusiastic for learninga quick intelligence
- easily excited or arouseda quick temper
- skilfully swift or nimble in one's movements or actions; deftquick fingers
- alive; living
- (as noun)living people (esp in the phrase the quick and the dead)
- archaic, or dialect lively or eagera quick dog
- (of a fire) burning briskly
- composed of living plantsa quick hedge
- dialect (of sand) lacking firmness through being wet
- quick with child archaic pregnant, esp being in an advanced state of pregnancy, when the movements of the fetus can be felt
- any area of living flesh that is highly sensitive to pain or touch, esp that under a toenail or fingernail or around a healing wound
- the vital or most important part (of a thing)
- short for quickset (def. 1)
- cut someone to the quick to hurt someone's feelings deeply; offend gravely
- in a rapid or speedy manner; swiftly
- soonI hope he comes quick
- a command requiring the hearer to perform an action immediately or in as short a time as possible
Word Origin and History for quick
Old English cwic "living, alive, animate," and figuratively, of mental qualities, "rapid, ready," from Proto-Germanic *kwikwaz (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian quik, Old Norse kvikr "living, alive," Dutch kwik "lively, bright, sprightly," Old High German quec "lively," German keck "bold"), from PIE root *gweie- "to live" (see bio-). Sense of "lively, swift" developed by late 12c., on notion of "full of life."
NE swift or the now more common fast may apply to rapid motion of any duration, while in quick (in accordance with its original sense of 'live, lively') there is a notion of 'sudden' or 'soon over.' We speak of a fast horse or runner in a race, a quick starter but not a quick horse. A somewhat similar feeling may distinguish NHG schnell and rasch or it may be more a matter of local preference. [Buck]
Of persons, "mentally active," from late 15c. Also in Middle English used of soft soils, gravel pits, etc. where the ground is shifting and yielding (mid-14c., cf. quicksand). As an adverb from c.1300. To be quick about something is from 1937. Quick buck is from 1946, American English. Quick-change artist (1886) originally was an actor expert in playing different roles in the same performance of a show. Quick-witted is from 1520s.
"living persons," Old English cwic, from quick (adj.); frequently paired with the dead, e.g. Old English cwicum & deadum. The quick "tender part of the flesh" (under a nail, etc.) is from 1520s, as is the figurative use of it.
- Sensitive or raw exposed flesh, as under the fingernails.