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[spee-dee] /ˈspi di/
adjective, speedier, speediest.
characterized by speed; rapid; swift; fast.
coming, given, or arrived at quickly or soon; prompt; not delayed:
a speedy recovery.
Origin of speedy
First recorded in 1325-75, speedy is from the Middle English word spedy. See speed, -y1
Related forms
speedily, adverb
speediness, noun
overspeedily, adverb
overspeediness, noun
overspeedy, adjective
unspeedily, adverb
unspeediness, noun
unspeedy, adjective
1. quick. 2. expeditious. Unabridged
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  • Bail was denied to Marsh, Vasca and Joe, and for them a speedy trial was urged.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Serge seemed a little surprised at this speedy termination of their sleep.

  • But if it be true, then is not the body liable to speedy dissolution?

    Phaedo Plato
  • He knew that if he returned to Algiers there would be a speedy end to him.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • Were he again to lose his temper now, there would indeed be a speedy end to him.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for speedy


adjective speedier, speediest
characterized by speed of motion
done or decided without delay; quick
Derived Forms
speedily, adverb
speediness, noun
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Word Origin and History for speedy

Old English spedig "prosperous, wealthy;" meaning "moving swiftly" is from late 14c., from speed (n.) + -y (2). Related: Speedily; speediness. Speedy Gonzales, Warner Brothers studios cartoon mouse, debuted in 1953 short directed by Bob McKimson.

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