adjective, quick·er, quick·est.
- endowed with life.
- having a high degree of vigor, energy, or activity.
- a line of shrubs or plants, especially of hawthorn, forming a hedge.
- a single shrub or plant in such a hedge.
adverb, quick·er, quick·est.
Words nearby quick
Idioms for quick
Origin of quick
SYNONYMS FOR quick
OTHER WORDS FROM quickquick·ness, nounun·quick, adjectiveun·quick·ly, adverbun·quick·ness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH quickfast quick rapid swift (see synonym study at the current entry)quick quickly (see usage note at the current entry)
usage note for quick
British Dictionary definitions for cut to the quick
- alive; living
- (as noun) living people (esp in the phrase the quick and the dead)
Derived forms of quickquickly, adverbquickness, noun
Word Origin for quick
Medicine definitions for cut to the quick
Idioms and Phrases with cut to the quick (1 of 2)
Deeply wound or distress, as in His criticism cut her to the quick. This phrase uses the quick in the sense of a vital or a very sensitive part of the body, such as under the fingernails. It also appeared in such older locutions as touched to the quick, for “deeply affected,” and stung to the quick, for “wounded, distressed,” both dating from the early 1500s. The current expression was considered a cliché from about 1850 on.
Idioms and Phrases with cut to the quick (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with quick
- quick and the dead
- quick as a wink
- quick off the mark
- quick one, a
- quick on the draw
- quick on the uptake
- cut to the quick
- (quick) on the uptake