quick

1 of 3

adjective

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
4
a
: moving, shifting
quick mud
b
archaic : not stagnant : running, flowing
5
archaic : fiery, glowing
6
archaic : pregnant
7
obsolete
a
b
quickly adverb
quickness noun

quick

2 of 3

adverb

: in a quick manner

quick

3 of 3

noun

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
Choose the Right Synonym for quick

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

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Critics have been quick to point out the potential impact the ban will have on current recruitment and retention struggles as crime surges. Yael Halon, Fox News, 16 Jan. 2023 Yablo is quick to point out that whether last year’s crime trends will continue into 2023 remains to be seen. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Jan. 2023 The White House has been quick to point out the differences between Biden's handling of all of this and Trump's. ABC News, 15 Jan. 2023 More rainfall is expected as the state’s atmospheric river forecast — rivers of water vapor in the sky pushed along by strong, hurricane-quick winds — persists. Evan Nicole Brown, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Jan. 2023 Almost all who are known survived into retirement and death; even the quick-to-anger Henry VIII allowed his jesters to speak truth to power, a role that practically no other courtesans were brave enough to do in any royal presence across Europe. Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2023 As City Ballet ushers in a new generation of dancers — unaffected, quick, musical, game — Ratmansky won’t be yet another choreographer circulating in and out. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, 6 Jan. 2023 Among all the get-rich-quick fairytales, some users are sharing sound financial advice to help people start 2023 on a more secure footing. Ruchira Sharma, Glamour, 3 Jan. 2023 This is why quick and dirty daily sum-ups are crucial. Iryna Manukovska, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2022
Adverb
Here’s where to find them: Check out quick-close new construction. Robyn A. Friedman, Sun Sentinel, 19 Jan. 2023 Those arrested by the live-wire patrolman called him quick-tempered, violent, and insensitive. Ali Winston, Rolling Stone, 9 Jan. 2023 Pros: With quick-drying lacquer and stunning results, this compact kit is perfect for on-the-go use. Theresa Holland, PEOPLE.com, 12 July 2022 The pristine green of this false Amazon was interrupted only by the teals and magentas of plastic sprayer fans and sun-protective T-shirts and quick-dry bucket hats. Jamie Lauren Keiles, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2022 There are three mesh panels that help increase airflow, and its quick-dry moisture-wicking fabric will keep you fresh even during the sweatiest hours. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 14 Nov. 2022 The thick pad is backed with latex to prevent slipping, and the cover is woven with quick-dry polyester fibers. Amanda Constantine, Good Housekeeping, 31 Oct. 2022 To recap the film real quick, Stenberg’s character Sophie and her girlfriend Bee (Maria Bakalova) find themselves in the middle of a massacre among their friends. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 27 Sep. 2022 Each polish is also vegan and cruelty-free, not to mention quick-dry and chip-resistant. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 16 Aug. 2022
Noun
But a turnaround that quick will cost you: the service is $400 for GenVisa and $799 for FastPort, and that’s not including any government fees. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Apr. 2022 Down by 7 with 4:30 to go in the third quarter, Brady delivered a quick out to Edelman, who then connected with Danny Amendola for the 51-yard touchdown pass. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Dec. 2021 Hall’s adaptation cuts to the quick of the novel and transfers the shifting, unsettling quality of Larsen’s text back onto the viewer’s shoulders. New York Times, 20 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Quick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quick. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

quick

1 of 2 adjective
1
archaic : not dead : living, alive
2
a
: fast in understanding, thinking, or learning : mentally keen
b
: reacting with speed and alertness
c
: aroused immediately and easily
quick temper
d
: fast in development or occurrence
gave a quick look
e
: marked by speed, readiness, or promptness of action or movement
quick adverb
quickly adverb
quickness noun

quick

2 of 2 noun
1
: living persons
the quick and the dead
2
: a very tender area of flesh (as under a fingernail)
3
: one's innermost feelings
hurt to the quick by the remark
4
: the very center of something : heart
the quick of the matter

Medical Definition

quick

1 of 2 adjective
1
: not dead : living, alive
2

quick

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

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