PDQ

adverb
\ ˌpē-(ˌ)dē-ˈkyü How to pronounce PDQ (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pdq

Definition of PDQ

informal
: as quickly as possible : immediately Like a great many of my generation, I'm sorry that I never asked my grandfather about his experiences of fighting in World War I—though I suspect that like so many of his generation, he would have changed the subject PDQ.— Tom Utley He needed to get back to the hospital pdq, he said.— Bob Levey

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Examples of PDQ in a Sentence

We need to hire someone PDQ. the boss wants the report, and he wants it PDQ

First Known Use of PDQ

circa 1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for PDQ

abbreviation of pretty damned quick

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“PDQ.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/PDQ. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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PDQ

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of PDQ

: as quickly as possible : immediately

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