“With so many more head cases, quickness is the key to survival and a productive life” after a devastating injury.
All depends on the charmer's quickness and his knowledge of the snake's disposition.
Beyond his quickness and dash, he had the mysterious faculty of staying with the ball.
Mrs Mowbray started, changed colour, and exclaimed with quickness, 'Is she in England?'
He dragged in the cable with all his quickness and strength and threw the noose again.
The gentlemen wait on the ladies, and a new contest begins, as each tries to surpass the other in politeness and quickness.
His account-book was a curiosity; and his quickness at figures quite remarkable.
His portrait exhibits a face in which quickness and keenness of intellect are strongly marked.
Everything then seemed to happen with the quickness of a dream.
That, and the quickness of the detective, made the fall more like a gentle sliding to the floor.
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