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[ swift ]
/ swɪft /
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adjective, swift·er, swift·est.

adverb

swiftly.

noun

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Origin of swift

First recorded before 900; Middle English (adjective and adverb), Old English (adjective); akin to Old English swīfan “to revolve,” Old Norse svīfa “to rove”; see swivel

synonym study for swift

1. See quick.

OTHER WORDS FROM swift

swift·ly, adverbswift·ness, noun

Definition for swift (2 of 3)

Swift
[ swift ]
/ swɪft /

noun

Gustavus Franklin, 1839–1903, U.S. meat packer.
Jonathan "Isaac Bickerstaff", 1667–1745, English satirist and clergyman, born in Ireland.

Definition for swift (3 of 3)

SWIFT
[ swift ]
/ swɪft /

noun

Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication: an international consortium that routes instructions concerning transfer of funds between financial institutions.

Origin of SWIFT

First recorded in 1970–75
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British Dictionary definitions for swift (1 of 2)

swift
/ (swɪft) /

adjective

adverb

  1. swiftly or quickly
  2. (in combination)swift-moving

noun

Derived forms of swift

swiftly, adverbswiftness, noun

Word Origin for swift

Old English, from swīfan to turn; related to Old Norse svifa to rove, Old Frisian swīvia to waver, Old High German sweib a reversal; see swivel

British Dictionary definitions for swift (2 of 2)

Swift
/ (swɪft) /

noun

Graham Colin. born 1949, English writer: his novels include Waterland (1983), Last Orders (1996), which won the Booker prize, and The Light of Day (2002)
Jonathan. 1667–1745, Anglo-Irish satirist and churchman, who became dean of St Patrick's, Dublin, in 1713. His works include A Tale of a Tub (1704) and Gulliver's Travels (1726)

Derived forms of Swift

Swiftian, adjective
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