adjective \ˈspē-dē\

: moving or able to move quickly : fast or quick

: happening quickly


Full Definition of SPEEDY

:  marked by swiftness of motion or action; also :  prompt 2
speed·i·ly \ˈspē-dəl-ē\ adverb
speed·i·ness \ˈspē-dē-nəs\ noun

Examples of SPEEDY

  1. They wished her a speedy recovery.
  2. <a speedy worker but not a very careful one, unfortunately>

First Known Use of SPEEDY

14th century

Synonym Discussion of SPEEDY

fast, rapid, swift, fleet, quick, speedy, hasty, expeditious mean moving, proceeding, or acting with celerity. fast and rapid are very close in meaning, but fast applies particularly to the thing that moves <fast horses> and rapid to the movement itself <rapid current>. swift suggests great rapidity coupled with ease of movement <returned the ball with one swift stroke>. fleet adds the implication of lightness and nimbleness <fleet runners>. quick suggests promptness and the taking of little time <a quick wit>. speedy implies quickness of successful accomplishment <speedy delivery of mail> and may also suggest unusual velocity. hasty suggests hurry and precipitousness and often connotes carelessness <a hasty inspection>. expeditious suggests efficiency together with rapidity of accomplishment <the expeditious handling of an order>.

Rhymes with SPEEDY

SPEEDIER Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈspē-dē\

Definition of SPEEDY for Kids

:  moving or taking place fast <She made a speedy recovery.>
speed·i·ly \ˈspē-də-lē\ adverb


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