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noun Chiefly British.
  1. a plant or cutting, especially of hawthorn, set to grow, as in a hedge.
  2. such plants collectively.
  3. a hedge of such plants.
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  1. formed of quickset, or of growing plants.
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Origin of quickset

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at quick, set
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Related Words for quickset

shrubbery, fence, barrier, screen, bush, guard, protection, hurdle, thicket, enclosure, quickset, hedgerow, windbreak

Examples from the Web for quickset

Historical Examples of quickset

  • The quickset hedges on either side were only waist high and did not shelter him.

    The Fifth Queen

    Ford Madox Ford

  • It was like falling from a quickset hedge on to a bundle of thorns.

  • That last jolt, that laid us against the quickset hedge, has done my business.

    She Stoops to Conquer

    Oliver Goldsmith

  • As the English were the assailants, the precaution of posting the archers behind the quickset hedge would have proved unnecessary.

  • Our gardens were at that time separated only by quickset hedges, so that it was easy to see into each others grounds.

British Dictionary definitions for quickset


    1. a plant or cutting, esp of hawthorn, set so as to form a hedge
    2. such plants or cuttings collectively
  1. a hedge composed of such plants
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  1. composed of such plants
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Word Origin for quickset

C15: from quick in the archaic sense live, growing + set to plant, set in the ground
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Word Origin and History for quickset


"formed of living plants," 1530s, from quick (adj.) + set (v.).

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