fast

1
[ fast, fahst ]
/ fæst, fɑst /

adjective, fast·er, fast·est.

adverb, fast·er, fast·est.

noun

a fastening for a door, window, or the like.

Idioms

    play fast and loose. play(def 80).
    pull a fast one, Informal. to play an unfair trick; practice deceit: He tried to pull a fast one on us by switching the cards.

Origin of fast

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English fæst firm; cognate with Dutch vast, Old Norse fastr firm, German fest; akin to fast2

SYNONYMS FOR fast

1, 2 fleet, speedy. See quick.
5 dissipated, dissolute, profligate, immoral; wild, prodigal.
8 secure, tight, immovable, firm.
9 inextricable.
13 faithful, steadfast.
14 enduring.
20 securely, fixedly, tenaciously.
22 recklessly, wildly, prodigally.

Can be confused

fast quick rapid swift (see synonym study at quick)
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British Dictionary definitions for faster (1 of 2)

fast

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/ (fɑːst) /

adjective

adverb

interjection

archery (said by the field captain to archers) stop shooting!

Word Origin for fast

Old English fæst strong, tight; related to Old High German festi firm, Old Norse fastr

British Dictionary definitions for faster (2 of 2)

fast

2
/ (fɑːst) /

verb

(intr) to abstain from eating all or certain foods or meals, esp as a religious observance

noun

  1. an act or period of fasting
  2. (as modifier)a fast day

Derived Forms

faster, noun

Word Origin for fast

Old English fæstan; related to Old High German fastēn to fast, Gothic fastan
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Idioms and Phrases with faster

fast


In addition to the idioms beginning with fast

  • fast and furious
  • fast and loose
  • fast buck
  • fast lane
  • fast track

also see:

  • get nowhere (fast)
  • hard and fast
  • pull a fast one
  • stand one's ground (fast)
  • thick and fast
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