adjective, swift·er, swift·est.
Origin of swift
Synonyms for swift
Related Words for swiftlyrapidly, speedily, quickly, hastily, promptly, expeditiously, fleetly, apace, flat-out, hotfoot, posthaste, quick, swift, double-quick, hurriedly
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Contemporary Examples of swiftly
We will not be able to win it back any more easily or swiftly that Roy Hobbs.After Torture Report, Our Moral Authority As a Nation Is Gone
December 11, 2014
Republicans took control of the state legislature and swiftly eliminated the cap on charter schools.At This Creepy Libertarian Charter School, Kids Must Swear ‘to Be Obedient to Those in Authority’
October 15, 2014
Fergie almost landed a U.N. role until the offer was swiftly dropped, amid rumours both of pressure from Buckingham Palace.What The Hell is Posh Spice Doing At The UN?
September 29, 2014
It will swiftly become clear that there is no room in this starry-eyed arrangement for a compact with Washington.John Kerry Just Visited. But Should We Just Forget About India?
August 3, 2014
The accused were swiftly removed from the court before they could issue any statement.Egyptian Court Hands Down Stiff Sentences for Al-Jazeera Journalists
June 23, 2014
Historical Examples of swiftly
And now, as the train took her swiftly to her fate, she made the best of it.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Then, still softly and swiftly, he lifted the saddle from its peg and put it on its back.Way of the Lawless
She came to him suddenly and swiftly, and clasped him close to her.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
But I will not reproach the dead; her punishment came all too swiftly.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
The Margaret was a swift ship, but never yet had she moved so swiftly.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
- 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).