adjective, swift·er, swift·est.
Origin of swift
Synonyms for swift
Related Words for swiftestrapid, unexpected, hasty, nimble, sudden, abrupt, quick, speedy, expeditious, short, prompt, flying, express, spanking, precipitate, ready, fleet, cracking, screaming, breakneck
Examples from the Web for swiftest
Contemporary Examples of swiftest
And so it has proven over the past generation of the swiftest record reduction of criminality in American history.James Q. Wilson, 1931-2012
March 3, 2012
Historical Examples of swiftest
You're goin' to destruction with your swiftest foot and leg!Farm Ballads
Is it not a race in which the swiftest must surely win the prize; and is not that prize power?Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
Nor are we right in supposing that the swiftest of them is the slowest, nor conversely, that the slowest is the quickest.Laws
She was so light in running that she outran the swiftest dogs.The Phantom World
Which, when it comes to cold intrigue, that a-way, I'm the swiftest sport in our set.'Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
- 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).