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

No, the quick-witted, top-shelf flick required a dedicated professional, lest the wrath of Jackson be brought down upon the crew with great vengeance and furious anger. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, "How 'Shaft' Brought the 1971 Chevy Chevelle SS Into 2019," 14 June 2019 Loneliness coupled with a real need for support services can drive older adults to form quick and unvetted relationships. Linda R. Phillips, The Conversation, "Elder abuse increasing, without increased awareness," 14 June 2019 The greens are still lightning quick and quite tricky. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Rickie Fowler in Prime Position for First Major After Stress-Free Start to U.S. Open," 13 June 2019 The new process is quicker and lets vendors choose a reason for the cost hike from a menu, which includes tariffs, labor, transportation, and raw materials. Matthew Boyle, Fortune, "China Tariff Watch: Walmart Sets Price-Increase Strategy With Supplier-Cost Tool," 12 June 2019 Take the opportunity to channel this energy into your work while your professional ruler Venus makes her way through quick-witted Gemini all week. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 9 June 2019 Like Ward, the fluid, quick and athletic Williams seems to be a natural at the position. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns: Talkin’ Duke Johnson’s demand and the rise of Greedy Williams – Terry Pluto," 9 June 2019 The lady at Counter 11 was helpful, chipper, and the transaction was quick and painless. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Sainted and Tainted: This might be an unpopular thought right now, but here’s to you, Woodbury DMV!," 8 June 2019 Still, the first half is full of entertaining scenes spun with the quick-witted spirit of Rosalind Russell. Ron Charles | The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "Elizabeth Gilbert will visit Portland to discuss her new novel, ‘City of Girls,’ about a young woman’s summer of sex," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 And real quick, does this part go on the podcast too? Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Ezra Klein and Kara Swisher on the future of journalism," 12 Dec. 2018 Dean Jones can be seen running from the pit to the car, helping to get Mike out of the car as quick as possible. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Father pulled son from burning car during race, video shows. That broke NASCAR rules," 21 June 2018 But Omar’s quick thumbs also have caused problems for herself and Democratic leadership. Amy Forliti, The Seattle Times, "Twitter dustup, apology not firsts for Minnesota Rep. Omar," 12 Feb. 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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