adjective, swift·er, swift·est.
- swift current,
- swift fox,
- swift moth,
- swift's disease,
- swift, jonathan
Origin of swift
Examples from the Web for 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|Nick Gillespie|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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’|ProPublica|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fergie almost landed a U.N. role until the offer was swiftly dropped, amid rumours both of pressure from Buckingham Palace.
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?|Tunku Varadarajan|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The accused were swiftly removed from the court before they could issue any statement.Egyptian Court Hands Down Stiff Sentences for Al-Jazeera Journalists|Jesse Rosenfeld|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Surely it was too goodly a residence that we should be so swiftly, so ruthlessly, evicted from it!The Poison Belt|Arthur Conan Doyle
Loosing his hold upon Esther, he swiftly shifted his weapon to his other hand and brought down a blow on the boy's back.A Dear Little Girl's Thanksgiving Holidays|Amy E. Blanchard
The Spaniard, with fire and sword, swiftly followed Vespucci.The Birth of the Nation|Mrs. Roger A. Pryor
The giant's liking for her, boyish at times, or swiftly changing to bolder appraisal, grew daily.A Man to His Mate|J. Allan Dunn
A fierce exclamation of fury broke from the stranger's lips, and he swiftly thrust the ring into his pocket.Frank Merriwell's Chums|Burt L. Standish
- 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).