with speed; rapidly; very soon.

Origin of quickly

before 1000; Middle English quikly. See quick, -ly
Can be confusedquick quickly (see usage note at quick)

Usage note

See quick.
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Contemporary Examples of quickly

Historical Examples of quickly

  • He quickly turned the boat to the shore, and the stranger jumped on board.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Robert hurried upstairs, and quickly returned with the weapon.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Percval quickly helped him into a chair, where he became limp.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • She saw with amazement, and walked on quickly that Harry might not also see.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • She turned away, and walked as quickly as she could up one of the side streets.

Word Origin and History for quickly

late Old English cwiculice "vigorously, keenly;" see quick (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "rapidly, in a short space of time" is from c.1200.

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