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adjective, speed·i·er, speed·i·est.
  1. characterized by speed; rapid; swift; fast.
  2. coming, given, or arrived at quickly or soon; prompt; not delayed: a speedy recovery.
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Origin of speedy

First recorded in 1325–75, speedy is from the Middle English word spedy. See speed, -y1
Related formsspeed·i·ly, adverbspeed·i·ness, nouno·ver·speed·i·ly, adverbo·ver·speed·i·ness, nouno·ver·speed·y, adjectiveun·speed·i·ly, adverbun·speed·i·ness, nounun·speed·y, adjective


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Related Words

rapid, prompt, hasty, brisk, immediate, hurried, expeditious, swift, agile, breakneck, express, fleet, headlong, lissome, lively, nimble, precipitate, ready, snappy, summary

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  • They were the speediest team in the country, and he had only three miles to go.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • In any case, his was the speediest trip around the world ever made by man!

  • The wish to be well, to live, an object to live for, are often the speediest restoratives.

  • He only sees the misery of his neighbor and the speediest means of relieving him.

    The Aesthetical Essays

    Friedrich Schiller

  • The speediest thoroughbred will sometimes run like a cart horse.

British Dictionary definitions for speediest


adjective speedier or speediest
  1. characterized by speed of motion
  2. done or decided without delay; quick
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Derived Formsspeedily, adverbspeediness, noun
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Word Origin and History for speediest



Old English spedig "prosperous, wealthy;" meaning "moving swiftly" is from late 14c., from speed (n.) + -y (2). Related: Speedily; speediness. Speedy Gonzales, Warner Brothers studios cartoon mouse, debuted in 1953 short directed by Bob McKimson.

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