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.

Nearby words

  1. quicken,
  2. quickening,
  3. quicker than you can say jack robinson,
  4. quickfire,
  5. quickhatch,
  6. quicklime,
  7. quickly,
  8. quickness,
  9. quicksand,
  10. quickset

Origin of quickie

First recorded in 1925–30; quick + -ie

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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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