adverb Informal.

at great speed; rapidly: to travel lickety-split.

Nearby words

  1. lick the stuffing out of,
  2. lick-alike,
  3. licker-in,
  4. lickerish,
  5. lickerishly,
  6. licking,
  7. licking river,
  8. lickspittle,
  9. licorice,
  10. licorice stick

Origin of lickety-split

1835–45, Americanism; perhaps dial. licket rag (for wiping in haste, with one lick) + -y1 + split, as in split second Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lickety-split



US and Canadian informal very quickly; speedily

Word Origin for lickety-split

C19: from lick + split

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Word Origin and History for lickety-split



1852, American English (earlier lickety-cut, lickety-click, and simply licketie, 1817), from lick (n.1) in dialectal sense "very fast sprint in a race" (1809) on the notion of a "lick" as a fast thing (cf. blink).

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