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

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 This is about making something practical, quick and functional. Michael Rothfeld, New York Times, "Governments and Companies Race to Make Masks Vital to Virus Fight," 21 Mar. 2020 Romney, progressive Representative Katie Porter told The Atlantic this week, has been more open to working with her on quick and universal cash payments than Pelosi has been. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "The Democrats Screwed Up," 20 Mar. 2020 Several regulatory practices impede a quick and urgent response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Jon Hartley, National Review, "Deregulate to Help the Private Sector Fight Coronavirus," 20 Mar. 2020 While not as effective as soap, hand sanitizer provides quick and easy cleaning should soap and water not be readily available. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Why Incarcerated People Are Being Let Out Of Jail Amid The Coronavirus Outbreak," 18 Mar. 2020 In the National Capital Region, too, the authorities took quick and comprehensive action when a 45-year-old man was tested positive for the coronavirus. Itika Sharma Punit, Quartz India, "How coronavirus caught life and businesses unawares in India," 17 Mar. 2020 Jedrick Wills is a quick and athletic tackle who has the strength to open up huge running lanes. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "NFL mock draft: DeAndre Hopkins trade shifts Arizona Cardinals' focus in 2020 NFL draft," 16 Mar. 2020 Although bulb replacement is relatively quick and easy, the crucial process of beam alignment often gets overlooked. Daniel Gray, Ars Technica, "How do we stop people from blinding other drivers with aftermarket LEDs?," 16 Mar. 2020 The department's customer service staff recommends turkey hunters who are interested in purchasing a Conservation Patron license do so prior to March 16 to make the bonus harvest authorization process as quick and easy as possible. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Leftover Wisconsin spring turkey permits go on sale beginning Monday. Here's how it works.," 14 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Evan — quick, spinning, a dervish of a linebacker — would drill him. Michael Powell, New York Times, "He Was Fearless on a Football Field. But He Sensed Something Wasn’t Right.," 13 Feb. 2020 To jog everybody’s memory really quick, Franks, a third-year starter, went down with a gruesome injury in the third quarter while the Gators were trailing 21-10. Laken Litman, SI.com, "Mailbag: Does UCF Have a Legitimate Shot at the Playoff?," 18 Sep. 2019 There’s also a two-gear system which makes for faster cocking with the stock-integrated, quick-detach crank cocking device. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, "First Look: The Barnett HyperFlight EVO Crossbow," 9 Jan. 2020 Mike Burns, a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division, told The Associated Press 3,500 members of the division’s quick-deployment brigade, known officially as its Immediate Response Force, will have deployed within a few days. Author: Sarah Blake Morgan, Jonathan Drew, Anchorage Daily News, "With hours’ notice, US fast-response force flies to Mideast," 4 Jan. 2020 Mike Burns, a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division, told The Associated Press 3,500 members of the division’s quick-deployment brigade, known officially as its Immediate Response Force, will have deployed within a few days. Time, "More U.S. Troops Deploy to Mideast Amid Tensions With Iran," 4 Jan. 2020 Junior point guard Kayiona Williams is lightning quick and will have a bigger presence this season. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "McCabe: Detroit Edison, East Lansing top list of 20 high school girls basketball teams in state," 6 Dec. 2019 The former Ajax man is tidy in possession, quick across the ground and has a lovely eye for a pass. SI.com, "Frenkie de Jong Is Not Only the Heir to Barcelona's Midfield Throne, He's a Legend in the Making," 20 Oct. 2019 As Nix, who was trying to get a snap off as quick as possible, saw Waddle slow to get off the field and the ensuing flag thrown, the Auburn quarterback triumphantly walked to the Tigers’ sideline while signaling for the first down. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Inside Auburn’s game-sealing, 4th-down gambit in the Iron Bowl," 1 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Because McKinney possesses a lightning-quick first step and trusts his instincts, his trash-talking opportunities came often in 2019. cleveland, "NFL Draft 2020: Top safeties who could help the Cleveland Browns secondary -- Film Review," 6 Feb. 2020 Reinhardt’s reputation for cutting to the quick of the issues in U.S. healthcare reform is only enhanced. Los Angeles Times, "Column: A brilliant economist diagnoses the U.S. healthcare system — from beyond the grave," 22 Oct. 2019 Cassidy’s mantra, since taking over, has emphasized a mobile defensive corps able to help trigger quick rushes up ice. BostonGlobe.com, "Slow walks back are not encouraged in today’s 31-team NHL. Contrary to the St. Louis Blues’ unprecedented turnaround last season, a stunning reversal from midseason chumps to springtime champs, poor starts in October are generally punished by quick and disappointing endings.," 28 Sep. 2019 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

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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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Time Traveler for quick

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

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Last Updated

25 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Quick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quick. Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for quick

quick

adjective
How to pronounce quick (audio)

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!

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

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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