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[kwik-ee] /ˈkwɪk i/ Informal.
a book, story, movie, etc., usually trivial in quality, requiring only a short time to produce.
a quickly consumed alcoholic drink.
anything taking only a short time, especially a hurried sexual encounter.
done, made, assembled, etc., quickly or hurriedly:
I'll fix a quickie meal after I get home from the office.
achieved or acquired with a minimum of formality:
a quickie divorce.
Origin of quickie
First recorded in 1925-30; quick + -ie Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She was on her way home from one of the quickie divorce courts on Terra and was celebrating her marital emancipation.

    Lone Star Planet Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • This is a quickie Rum Tum Tiddy, without any onion, a poor, housebroken version of the original.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
British Dictionary definitions for quickie


noun (informal)
Also called (esp Brit) quick one. a speedily consumed alcoholic drink
  1. anything made, done, produced, or consumed rapidly or in haste
  2. (as modifier): a quickie divorce, a quickie ceremony
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for quickie

"sex act done hastily," 1940, from quick (adj.) + -ie. As "alcoholic drink meant to be taken hurriedly," from 1941 (quick one in this sense from 1928). From 1926 as "motion picture made in a short time."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for quickie



: the new ''quickie divorce'' law


  1. (or quicky, also quick one) A quick drink of liquor (entry form 1940+, variant 1928+)
  2. Anything taken or done very hastily; something rushed: a ''quickie,'' one of those overnight film concoctions (1926+)
  3. The sex act done very hastily: We may have time for a quickie (1940s+)
  4. An unauthorized strike; wildcat (1943+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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