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

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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 deep knowledge needed for positions such as Software Architect, Product Owner or Software Lead exceed the too-quick bootcamps. Steve Tengler, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 President Biden, arrived in the state with a message for California voters that keeping the incumbent in office was the most effective way to ensure a quick-as-possible end to the coronavirus pandemic. Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2021 The key is to be as quick as possible, said Emily Gurley, an infectious disease epidemiologist in Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health and the lead instructor of a free online contact tracing course developed by the university. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, 13 Sep. 2021 The process is quick, easy, and painless and the application process takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Essence, 8 Sep. 2021 Keep fish in a live well, holding net or even in the water and make the photo sessions quick, efficient and easy on the fish. Jim Gronaw, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 5 Sep. 2021 Namely, Candiace is still the cantankerous, quick-to-the-draw, impulsive loudmouth we were introduced to, and no one triggers her less desirable qualities more than her husband and Ashley. Shamira Ibrahim, Vulture, 5 Sep. 2021 Spiller is quick, agile and most importantly, physical. Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2021 After a heavy cost in lives and a price tag of $2.3 trillion, the Taliban are back in power having swept aside the U.S.-backed government in a lightning-quick offensive that took Afghans and the West by surprise. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 31 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb During each short episode, Caily and Reese tackle a real-world problem with the help of their quick-thinking friends, Kami and Dev. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Aug. 2021 This quick-moving system will likely drop a trace of rain in some areas, especially in higher elevations including the north Coast Range, Willapa Hills, and in the Cascades and their foothills. oregonlive, 25 Aug. 2021 His identity as the Paradise Island burglar is about to be revealed to Ward, but quick-thinking Sarah turns on the sprinklers causing the cop’s phone to get wet. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 4 Aug. 2021 Thanks to her quick-thinking actions in a time of crisis, an additional 500 pounds of produce was harvested and donated to the Columbia Gorge Food Bank. oregonlive, 23 July 2021 The five men were rescued by a helicopter, whose quick-thinking pilot guided the men to a landing spot amid the chaos. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 July 2021 Authorities praised the quick-thinking sergeant who engaged the suspect. Fox News, 28 June 2021 With so much cool gear out there, hunting can get expensive quick. Cliff Cadet, Outdoor Life, 22 Mar. 2021 Well, thanks to the quick-dry formula, the application process is quicker than regular nail polish and lasts four times as long. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, 26 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jones took the snap and fired a quick out to Henry for 6 yards and the first down. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Sep. 2021 While doing that quick of a workout might not seem worth the effort to pull on a sports bra and lace up your sneakers, there are actually a ton of compelling reasons to squeeze in a super-short session. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 11 July 2021 Strict border control, and a public quick to wear masks and take precautions after the experience of the 2003 SARS epidemic, have meant that Taiwan recorded a little more than 2,000 cases and 14 deaths. Washington Post, 12 May 2021 Speed out Once again, Washington targeted a Browns linebacker (B.J. Goodson) by throwing a quick out to running back J.D. McKissic. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, 2 Oct. 2020 Cutting to our cultural quick is the show’s spin on a typical U.S. response to a nationwide problem: anger, paranoia and plenty of ulterior motives looking to make use of each. Jacob Oller, chicagotribune.com, 25 Sep. 2020 Nothing this quick comes any cheaper-except GMC's Syclone pickup. Arthur St. Antoine, Car and Driver, 19 May 2020 Pantoni also retweeted this from an OSU staffer, while receivers coach Brian Hartline retweeted another staffer as the Buckeyes orchestrated a quick and calculated push aimed at ... who exactly? Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2020 Because McKinney possesses a lightning-quick first step and trusts his instincts, his trash-talking opportunities came often in 2019. cleveland, 6 Feb. 2020

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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

quick and dirty

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“Quick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quick. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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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)

: in a fast or quick manner : quickly

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!

Choose the Right Synonym for quick

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.

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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