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
Related formsquick·ness, nounun·quick, adjectiveun·quick·ly, adverbun·quick·ness, noun
Can be confusedfast quick rapid swift (see synonym study at the current entry)quick quickly (see usage note at the current entry)
Examples from the Web for quickness
“With so many more head cases, quickness is the key to survival and a productive life” after a devastating injury.Pronounced Dead in Vietnam, Lt. Bill Haneke Inspires Post-9/11 Veterans|Sandra McElwaine|November 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The Prophet rose and rushed at her; but Sarah, with the quickness of lightning, flew between them.The Black Prophet: A Tale Of Irish Famine|William Carleton
In the quickness of the lightning's flash, the whole truth beamed into Eveline's soul.Eveline Mandeville|Alvin Addison
Remember it is not size and strength that are of most importance, it is quickness and intelligence.No Surrender!|G. A. Henty
Gomez flinched, but recovered his calm with a quickness that showed Walthew he had a dangerous antagonist.The Coast of Adventure|Harold Bindloss
In spite of Maxwell's quickness, he had not reached the doorway when a man came out of it and advanced, smiling toward him.The League of the Leopard|Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for quickness
- alive; living
- (as noun) living people (esp in the phrase the quick and the dead)
Derived Formsquickly, adverbquickness, noun
Word Origin for quick
Medicine definitions for quickness
Idioms and Phrases with quickness
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