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.
Origin of quick
Synonyms for quick
Antonyms for quick
Related Words for quickerrapid, energetic, cursory, hasty, agile, brisk, brief, immediate, instantaneous, nimble, sudden, abrupt, hurried, active, expeditious, keen, swift, vigorous, effective, deft
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Contemporary Examples of quicker
The quicker the finished product gets into the hardening cabinet, the smaller the ice crystals.The Secret to This Ice Cream: Pampered Cows
Jane & Michael Stern
May 18, 2014
She told me to take the back roads because they were quicker.The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town
E. Jean Carroll
April 19, 2014
Capone reached for his gun, but the barber was quicker with the razor.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull
March 8, 2014
The quicker the country builds up the civilian institutional capacity it needs for long-term cyber security, the better.Why The U.S. Is Not In A Cyber War
March 10, 2013
By the fourth episode, I realized that since the show is only 21 minutes long, the quicker we read the lines the better.Alec Baldwin & Robert Carlock On How They Made '30 Rock' So Funny
Alec Baldwin, Robert Carlock
February 1, 2013
Historical Examples of quicker
Because the albaboss is quicker and more powerful in action.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
A person can learn them 'most anything; and they learn it quicker than any other cretur, too.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
And yet Aggie had a quicker and more intelligent look than Lady Castlederry.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
He and Rose would have to get down to a genuine basis, and the quicker the better.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
The quicker wit of the young woman first scented his meaning.In the Valley
- alive; living
- (as noun)living people (esp in the phrase the quick and the dead)
Word Origin for quick
Old English cwic "living, alive, animate," and figuratively, of mental qualities, "rapid, ready," from Proto-Germanic *kwikwaz (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian quik, Old Norse kvikr "living, alive," Dutch kwik "lively, bright, sprightly," Old High German quec "lively," German keck "bold"), from PIE root *gweie- "to live" (see bio-). Sense of "lively, swift" developed by late 12c., on notion of "full of life."
NE swift or the now more common fast may apply to rapid motion of any duration, while in quick (in accordance with its original sense of 'live, lively') there is a notion of 'sudden' or 'soon over.' We speak of a fast horse or runner in a race, a quick starter but not a quick horse. A somewhat similar feeling may distinguish NHG schnell and rasch or it may be more a matter of local preference. [Buck]
Of persons, "mentally active," from late 15c. Also in Middle English used of soft soils, gravel pits, etc. where the ground is shifting and yielding (mid-14c., cf. quicksand). As an adverb from c.1300. To be quick about something is from 1937. Quick buck is from 1946, American English. Quick-change artist (1886) originally was an actor expert in playing different roles in the same performance of a show. Quick-witted is from 1520s.
"living persons," Old English cwic, from quick (adj.); frequently paired with the dead, e.g. Old English cwicum & deadum. The quick "tender part of the flesh" (under a nail, etc.) is from 1520s, as is the figurative use of it.
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