done, proceeding, or occurring with promptness or rapidity, as an action, process, etc.; prompt; immediate: a quick response.
that is over or completed within a short interval of time: a quick shower.
moving, or able to move, with speed: a quick fox; a quick train.
swift or rapid, as motion: a quick flick of the wrist.
easily provoked or excited; hasty: a quick temper.
keenly responsive; lively; acute: a quick wit.
acting with swiftness or rapidity: a quick worker.
prompt or swift to do something: quick to respond.
prompt to perceive; sensitive: a quick eye.
prompt to understand, learn, etc.; of ready intelligence: a quick student.
(of a bend or curve) sharp: a quick bend in the road.
consisting of living plants: a quick pot of flowers.
brisk, as fire, flames, heat, etc.
endowed with life.
having a high degree of vigor, energy, or activity.
living persons: the quick and the dead.
the tender, sensitive flesh of the living body, especially that under the nails: nails bitten down to the quick.
the vital or most important part.
a line of shrubs or plants, especially of hawthorn, forming a hedge.
a single shrub or plant in such a hedge.
Idioms about quick
cut to the quick, to injure deeply; hurt the feelings of: Their callous treatment cut her to the quick.
- quickness, noun
- un·quick, adjective
- un·quick·ly, adverb
- un·quick·ness, noun
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How to use quick in a sentence
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Apple has a variety of lesser products in development at all times and some could make a quick debut at this week’s event.
He could deliver a quick, effective speech, or hold a proper press conference.
American lawmakers were quick to praise the military operation.
Other footage shows him fleeing, keeping to a quick walk, jogging briefly, then walking again as he heads for a subway station.
Most people know the Universal Life Church as a quick and easy place to get ordained without leaving your couch.
Geisbert was also quick to mention how the methodology of the study could be affecting the current results.
Before he could finish the sentence the Hole-keeper said snappishly, "Well, drop out again—quick!"Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
His enemies in the cabinet were quick to perceive when their devices had taken effect on the King and Queen.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
I've tried to teach lots of folks; an' sum learns quick, an' some don't never learn; it's jest 's 't strikes 'em.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
Bernard uttered a quick exclamation, but Angela checked him with a glance, and Gordon looked from one of them to the other.Confidence | Henry James
A quick vision of death smote her soul, and for a second of time appalled and enfeebled her senses.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for quick
(of an action, movement, etc) performed or occurring during a comparatively short time: a quick move
lasting a comparatively short time; brief: a quick flight
accomplishing something in a time that is shorter than normal: a quick worker
characterized by rapidity of movement; swift or fast: a quick walker
immediate or prompt: a quick reply
(postpositive) eager or ready to perform (an action): quick to criticize
responsive to stimulation; perceptive or alert; lively: a quick eye
eager or enthusiastic for learning: a quick intelligence
easily excited or aroused: a quick temper
skilfully swift or nimble in one's movements or actions; deft: quick fingers
(as noun) living people (esp in the phrase the quick and the dead)
archaic, or dialect lively or eager: a quick dog
(of a fire) burning briskly
composed of living plants: a quick hedge
dialect (of sand) lacking firmness through being wet
quick with child archaic pregnant, esp being in an advanced state of pregnancy, when the movements of the fetus can be felt
any area of living flesh that is highly sensitive to pain or touch, esp that under a toenail or fingernail or around a healing wound
the vital or most important part (of a thing)
short for quickset (def. 1)
cut someone to the quick to hurt someone's feelings deeply; offend gravely
in a rapid or speedy manner; swiftly
soon: I hope he comes quick
a command requiring the hearer to perform an action immediately or in as short a time as possible
- quickly, adverb
- quickness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with quick
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
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.