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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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  • Bail was denied to Marsh, Vasca and Joe, and for them a speedy trial was urged.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Serge seemed a little surprised at this speedy termination of their sleep.

  • But if it be true, then is not the body liable to speedy dissolution?



  • He knew that if he returned to Algiers there would be a speedy end to him.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Were he again to lose his temper now, there would indeed be a speedy end to him.

    St. Martin's Summer

    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for speedy


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 speedy


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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