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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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Quick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quick. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for quick

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!

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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