He would have liked more coverage and quicker insurance reforms.
This vehicle is quicker and quieter than the Toyota Prius hybrid.
There is no quicker career-killer than whispers of “disloyalty” to the partisan cause.
The more Jackson pushes, the quicker the counterpunches come.
She told me to take the back roads because they were quicker.
I said if that was her idear of a joke, the quicker we parted the sooner.
His sister, quicker than he to take a hint, pulled him by the arm, and whispered to him.
My address in Paris is below: it is quicker, they tell me, than the Red Cross.
I fought like mad, but the handcuffs were on, an' I was marched off quicker'n I can tell it.
I chose to go by motor thinking it would be quicker, but alas!
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. adj. quick·er, quick·est