a book, story, movie, etc., usually trivial in quality, requiring only a short time to produce.
a quickly consumed alcoholic drink.
anything taking only a short time, especially a hurried sexual encounter.


done, made, assembled, etc., quickly or hurriedly: I'll fix a quickie meal after I get home from the office.
achieved or acquired with a minimum of formality: a quickie divorce.

Origin of quickie

First recorded in 1925–30; quick + -ie
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  • She was on her way home from one of the quickie divorce courts on Terra and was celebrating her marital emancipation.

    Lone Star Planet

    Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire

  • This is a quickie Rum Tum Tiddy, without any onion, a poor, housebroken version of the original.

    The Complete Book of Cheese

    Robert Carlton Brown

British Dictionary definitions for quickie


noun informal

Also called (esp Brit): quick one a speedily consumed alcoholic drink
  1. anything made, done, produced, or consumed rapidly or in haste
  2. (as modifier)a quickie divorce; a quickie ceremony
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Word Origin and History for quickie

"sex act done hastily," 1940, from quick (adj.) + -ie. As "alcoholic drink meant to be taken hurriedly," from 1941 (quick one in this sense from 1928). From 1926 as "motion picture made in a short time."

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