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[kwik-lee] /ˈkwɪk li/
with speed; rapidly; very soon.
Origin of quickly
before 1000; Middle English quikly. See quick, -ly
Can be confused
quick, quickly (see usage note at quick)
Usage note
See quick. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He quickly turned the boat to the shore, and the stranger jumped on board.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Robert hurried upstairs, and quickly returned with the weapon.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Percval quickly helped him into a chair, where he became limp.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • She saw with amazement, and walked on quickly that Harry might not also see.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • She turned away, and walked as quickly as she could up one of the side streets.

Word Origin and History for quickly

late Old English cwiculice "vigorously, keenly;" see quick (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "rapidly, in a short space of time" is from c.1200.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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