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 quickestrapid, energetic, cursory, hasty, agile, brisk, brief, immediate, instantaneous, nimble, sudden, abrupt, hurried, active, expeditious, keen, swift, vigorous, effective, deft
Examples from the Web for quickest
Contemporary Examples of quickest
In Hollywood, one of the quickest ways to an award nomination is to be a straight man playing gay.Popular Novelist Ken Follett Is a Slightly Unlikely and Certainly Unsung Gay Icon
October 1, 2014
So now who is going to work harder so the growth shows itself the quickest?‘American Idol’ Bandleader Rickey Minor on His Favorite Performance and What It Takes to Win
May 20, 2014
Germany is probably the quickest, most attacking team—Ozil, Muller, Gotze and Reus go at teams like a squadron of fighter jets.Inside the World Cup Draw: Devastating for the U.S., Great for Brazil
December 6, 2013
But it would be the quickest way for her to plummet in the approval of the Burmese masses.Why Does Aung San Suu Kyi Not Speak Up?
July 1, 2013
I told him that if he ever changed his mind, I would grant him the quickest, easiest divorce known to mankind.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories
February 27, 2013
Historical Examples of quickest
It's the easiest and quickest way out of the trouble for us, and the easiest and quickest way into trouble for them.Within the Law
He followed a youth who was the quickest afoot and the readiest laugher.The Trail Book
It would be the quickest way of rejoining them, to get upon the white bull's back.Tanglewood Tales
Nor are we right in supposing that the swiftest of them is the slowest, nor conversely, that the slowest is the quickest.Laws
Hard words were the kindest in the end, because the quickest understood.The Heart of Thunder Mountain
Edfrid A. Bingham
- 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