quick

adjective
\ ˈkwik How to pronounce quick (audio) \

Definition of quick

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : acting or capable of acting with speed: such as
a(1) : fast in development or occurrence a quick succession of events
(2) : done or taking place with rapidity gave them a quick look
b(1) : fast in understanding, thinking, or learning : mentally agile a quick wit quick thinking
(2) : reacting to stimuli with speed and keen sensitivity
(3) : aroused immediately and intensely quick tempers
c : marked by speed, readiness, or promptness of physical movement walked with quick steps
d : inclined to hastiness (as in action or response) quick to criticize
e : capable of being easily and speedily prepared a quick and tasty dinner
2 : having a sharp angle a quick turn in the road
3 : not dead : living, alive
4a : moving, shifting quick mud
b archaic : not stagnant : running, flowing
5 archaic : fiery, glowing
6 archaic : pregnant

7 obsolete

a : pungent
b : caustic

quick

adverb

Definition of quick (Entry 2 of 3)

: in a quick manner

quick

noun

Definition of quick (Entry 3 of 3)

1 [ probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse kvika sensitive flesh, from kvikr living ]

a : a painfully sensitive spot or area of flesh (such as that underlying a fingernail or toenail)
b : the inmost sensibilities hurt to the quick by the remark
c : the very center of something : heart
2 quick plural : living beings
3 archaic : life sense 11

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Other Words from quick

Adjective

quickly adverb
quickness noun

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Adjective

quick, prompt, ready, apt mean able to respond without delay or hesitation or indicative of such ability. quick stresses instancy of response and is likely to connote native rather than acquired power. quick reflexes a keen quick mind prompt is more likely to connote training and discipline that fits one for instant response. prompt emergency medical care ready suggests facility or fluency in response. backed by a pair of ready assistants apt stresses the possession of qualities (such as intelligence, a particular talent, or a strong bent) that makes quick effective response possible. an apt student her answer was apt and to the point

synonyms see in addition fast

Adjective

quick, prompt, and ready mean able to respond right away. quick is used when the response is immediate and often when the ability is part of a person's nature. He has quick reflexes. prompt is used when the ability to respond right away is the product of training and discipline. The store gives prompt service. ready is used when the response comes easy or is smooth. He always had a ready answer to every question.

Examples of quick in a Sentence

Adjective

They had a quick drink at the bar. She took a quick shower. She gave him a quick kiss. You're back already? That was quick! We made a quick decision, but it turned out to be a good one. He got a quick reply to his inquiry. His quick thinking allowed him to escape trouble. Her friends admired her quick wit. He walked with quick steps. She has quick, agile hands.

Adverb

a scheme to get rich quick I got used to living with a roommate pretty quick. I can't run any quicker.

Noun

that nasty comment cut me to the quick
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The data obsessed may be quick to embrace such an assessment, but what if an employer has access that information as well? Peter Holley, Washington Post, "Wearable technology started by tracking steps. Soon, it may allow your boss to track your performance.," 28 June 2019 Kit Harington Turner was quick to blame her friend Kit Harington for Game of Thrones’ coffee-gate, but if Jon Snow and Sansa Stark are still family, then Harington might head to France to celebrate Jophie’s wedding. Tomás Mier, PEOPLE.com, "See All the Stars Who May Turn Up at Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner's Wedding in France," 26 June 2019 The quicker the Pacers play, the more possessions, the better likelihood for open shots, and more chances for layups and 3s. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers playing faster, better in half court is more important than big or small lineups," 24 June 2019 The problem, as Kenney is quick to point out, is that the software controls the equipment. Richard Jensen, Ars Technica, "Hackers, farmers, and doctors unite! Support for Right to Repair laws slowly grows," 20 June 2019 Andrews said district court hearings are often quick, especially when parties are not represented by attorneys and one side isn’t present. Doug Donovan, baltimoresun.com, "Four-year odyssey for Maryland judge's fight against a complaint ends in state's refusal to pay her legal bill," 19 June 2019 His time with Perry gave him a new creative imperative: to be quick with his work. Krystal Rodriguez, Billboard, "Hayden James Is Getting His Moment in the Sun With New Album: Interview," 18 June 2019 He's been quick to criticize Luke P., but mostly to the other men and to the cameras, not to Hannah herself. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "An Old Bachelorette Promo May Hint At What Garrett Actually Does In Episode 6," 14 June 2019 Connolly said the turn-around time between flights is extremely quick, especially if a plane lands late and passengers for the next flight are anxious to board. NBC News, "How to get better service on an airplane, according to a veteran flight attendant," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Things got loud and feisty real quick during the second night of the Democratic debate that featured 10 of the 24 presidential candidates eying the White House in 2020. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "'That little girl is me': Harris attacks Biden in key debate moment. Here are 4 other takeaways," 27 June 2019 And the news cycle itself is so quick-moving and chaotic that every important story, regardless of its subject, is metabolized too fast. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "E. Jean Carroll’s Accusation Against Donald Trump, and the Raising, and Lowering, of the Bar," 25 June 2019 The one-time token numbers are short-lived, but they can still be obtained by quick-moving attackers who enter credentials into a real Google account immediately after a target enters them in to a look-alike phishing site. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "I’ll be passing on Google’s new 2fa for logins on iPhones and iPads. Here’s why," 12 June 2019 The finance manager was efficient and the negotiations went quick. Robert Anglen, AZCentral.com, "Used-car nightmare: Arizona dealer didn't pay off trades or transfer title to buyers," 17 June 2019 We’ve seen conversations between partners go left real quick between partners when the tone is off. The Matchmaking Duo, Essence, "Tired Of The 'What Are We' Talk? Six Ways To Avoid The Dreaded 'Situationship'," 6 June 2019 But doctors are also quick to note that influenza tests are often inaccurate. National Geographic, "Flu outbreak rages near Everest base camp," 30 Apr. 2019 Pancake batter needs quick, instant heat to properly rise and develop a perfect brown color. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make Perfect Homemade Pancakes in 7 Easy Steps," 27 Mar. 2019 It's packed with drama, horror, humor, and lots of little hints that flash by in quick-cut moments. Marci Robin, Allure, "The Stranger Things 3 Trailer Just Dropped, and Eleven Is Wearing Hopper’s Daughter’s Hair Tie," 21 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Six San Francisco supervisors have put their backing behind a striking vision of mental health care in in the city: quick, free and 24/7 access to psychiatrists and pharmacists to any city resident with or without insurance. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: How much will free mental health care for all cost San Francisco?," 11 June 2019 Is the quick of friendship here, in finding the same things lastingly funny? Benjamin Taylor, Harper's magazine, "Exit Ghost," 10 Mar. 2019 One quick buzz in the blender later, and McConnell’s masterpiece was complete. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "This Mad Science Experiment Is the Key to the Perfect Mint Julep," 3 May 2019 Spencer Stouffer, of Hilton Head Island, owns one of three in South Carolina, and gave us more than a peek at the lightning-quick (0 to 60 in under 4 seconds), state-of-the-art electric car. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Elon Musk accused of stealing farting unicorn artwork after artist raises a stink," 29 June 2018 The site is bordered by the Frazee retail center to the east, the Orange Garden apartments to the south and an automotive quick-lube business to the west. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "Old bank to make way for dialysis center," 6 June 2018 The strong, but lightning-quick, 5-2 forward finished her Porkers career with 68 goals and 49 assists. BostonGlobe.com, "2017-18 Field Hockey All-Scholastics," 7 May 2018 The strong, but lightning-quick, 5-2 forward finished her Porkers career with 68 goals and 49 assists. BostonGlobe.com, "2017-18 Field Hockey All-Scholastics," 7 May 2018 The strong, but lightning-quick, 5-2 forward finished her Porkers career with 68 goals and 49 assists. BostonGlobe.com, "2017-18 Field Hockey All-Scholastics," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of quick

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for quick

Adjective

Middle English quik, from Old English cwic; akin to Old Norse kvikr living, Latin vivus living, vivere to live, Greek bios, zōē life

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The first known use of quick was before the 12th century

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quick

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of quick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: done or happening in a short amount of time
: fast in thinking, learning, or understanding
: fast in moving or reacting

quick

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of quick (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : in a fast or quick manner

quick

adjective
\ ˈkwik How to pronounce quick (audio) \
quicker; quickest

Kids Definition of quick

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : done or taking place in a very short period of time a quick look a quick nap
2 : very swift : speedy quick steps
3 : fast in learning or understanding : mentally alert a quick mind
4 : easily stirred up a quick temper

Other Words from quick

quickly adverb I ate quickly.

quick

noun

Kids Definition of quick (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a very tender area of flesh (as under a fingernail)
2 : someone's innermost feelings She was hurt to the quick by the remark.

quick

adverb
quicker; quickest

Kids Definition of quick (Entry 3 of 3)

: in a quick manner : fast Come quick!

quick

adjective
\ ˈkwik How to pronounce quick (audio) \

Medical Definition of quick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not dead : living, alive
2 : pregnant

quick

noun

Medical Definition of quick (Entry 2 of 2)

1 quick plural : living beings
2 : a painfully sensitive spot or area of flesh (as that underlying a fingernail)

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