[ kwik-ee ]
/ ˈkwɪk i /


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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British Dictionary definitions for quickie


/ (ˈkwɪkɪ) /

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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