quick

[ kwik ]
/ kwɪk /

adjective, quick·er, quick·est.

noun

adverb, quick·er, quick·est.

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Idioms for quick

    cut to the quick, to injure deeply; hurt the feelings of: Their callous treatment cut her to the quick.

Origin of quick

First recorded before 900; Middle English quik “lively, moving, swift”; Old English cwic, cwicu “living”; cognate with Old Saxon quik, German queck, keck, Old Norse kvikr; akin to Latin vīvus “living” (see vital), Sanskrit jivas “living,” Greek bíos “life” (see bio-), zoḗ “animal life” (see zoo-)

synonym study for quick

1. Quick, fast, swift, rapid describe speedy tempo. Quick applies particularly to something practically instantaneous, an action or reaction, perhaps, of very brief duration: to give a quick look around; to take a quick walk. Fast and swift refer to actions, movements, etc., that continue for a time, and usually to those that are uninterrupted; when used of communication, transportation, and the like, they suggest a definite goal and a continuous trip. Swift, the more formal word, suggests the greater speed: a fast train; a swift message. Rapid, less speedy than the others, applies to a rate of movement or action, and usually to a series of actions or movements, related or unrelated: rapid calculation; a rapid walker. 10. See sharp.

words often confused with quick

The difference between the adverbial forms quick and quickly is frequently stylistic. Quick is more often used in short spoken sentences, especially imperative ones: Come quick! The chimney is on fire. Quickly is the usual form in writing, both in the preverb position ( We quickly realized that attempts to negotiate would be futile ) and following verbs other than imperatives ( She turned quickly and left ). See also slow, sure.

OTHER WORDS FROM quick

quickness, nounun·quick, adjectiveun·quick·ly, adverbun·quick·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for quick

Derived forms of quick

quickly, adverbquickness, noun

Word Origin for quick

Old English cwicu living; related to Old Saxon quik, Old High German queck, Old Norse kvikr alive, Latin vīvus alive, Greek bios life
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Medical definitions for quick

quick
[ kwĭk ]

n.

Sensitive or raw exposed flesh, as under the fingernails.

adj.

Pregnant.
Alive.
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Idioms and Phrases with quick

quick

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