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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.

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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Historical Examples of speediness

  • If certainty be a main requisite, speediness is also necessary; lasting and cruel punishments harden but do not reclaim.

  • The boy was clever and quick, but his speediness speedily degenerated into fastness.

    The Comic History of Rome

    Gilbert Abbott Becket

  • This speediness on his part means that he uses up more energy, and hence needs more food, and he needs to assimilate it faster.


    Allen Chaffee

British Dictionary definitions for speediness


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



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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