adjective, swift·er, swift·est.
- swift current,
- swift fox,
- swift moth,
- swift's disease,
- swift, jonathan
Origin of swift
Examples from the Web for swift
They know they will face either a swift backlash or deafening silence.
The Internet cool kids are, of course, rallying against Swift en masse.Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer|Arthur Chu|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So the family threw her a 100th birthday party, then she entered her swift decline.The Nurse Coaching People Through Death by Starvation|Nick Tabor|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This would seem reasonable, since in that direction lay the only territory open enough for swift attack by armor.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day|James Jones|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But to Swift, well-versed in Hollywood dating, this is inconsequential.Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’: Hell Hath No Fury Like A Tay-Tay Scorned|Sujay Kumar|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She ran with a swift sureness down the stairs and through the hall.Yonder|Emily Hilda Young
Thus he said: but Iris, swift as the storm, hastened to bear the message.
Evidence would be cooked up of course, and the retribution would be so swift that his friends would not be able to save him.Mavericks|William MacLeod Raine
A star shot down the sky, and I wished that a wind as swift and strong would rise and sweep the land out to sea.Audrey|Mary Johnston
He heard the flutter of skirts—just caught the grey stockings, swift and light, as they flew behind the rhododendron masses.Day and Night Stories|Algernon Blackwood
- swiftly or quickly
- (in combination)swift-moving
Word Origin for swift
Old English swift "moving quickly," related to swifan "move in a course, sweep" (see swivel). Related: Swiftly; swiftness.
type of bird (several species of the family Cypselidæ, resembling swallows), 1660s, from swift (adj.) in reference to its swift flight. Regarded as a bird of ill-omen, if not downright demonic, probably for its shrill cry. The name earlier had been given to several small fast lizards (1520s).