swift

[ swift ]
/ swɪft /

adjective, swift·er, swift·est.

adverb

swiftly.

noun


Nearby words

  1. sweven,
  2. sweyn,
  3. swff,
  4. swg,
  5. swidden,
  6. swift current,
  7. swift fox,
  8. swift moth,
  9. swift's disease,
  10. swift, jonathan

Origin of swift

before 900; Middle English (adj. and adv.), Old English (adj.); akin to Old English swīfan to revolve, Old Norse svīfa to rove; see swivel

SYNONYMS FOR swift
1. speedy. See quick. 2. expeditious.

Related formsswift·ly, adverbswift·ness, noun

Can be confusedfast quick rapid swift (see synonym study at quick)

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British Dictionary definitions for swiftly

swift

/ (swɪft) /

adjective

adverb

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

noun

Derived Formsswiftly, 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

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 FormsSwiftian, adjective

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Word Origin and History for swiftly
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