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 South Korea has been reporting around 30 to 50 new cases per day since late May, inspiring second-guessing on whether officials were too quick to ease social distancing guidelines in April after the country’s first wave of infections waned. BostonGlobe.com, "In countries keeping the coronavirus at bay, experts watch US case numbers with alarm," 19 June 2020 Community members attended a news conference on Friday, wanting to know why officials were so quick to say Fuller died by suicide. TheWeek, "Families of black men found hanging from trees in California ask for deeper investigations into deaths," 15 June 2020 The local bed-and-breakfasts and Airbnbs fill up quick in the summer months! Kathryn Campo Bowen, SFChronicle.com, "Ultimate guide to floating the Russian River," 13 June 2020 The thread continues to paint a picture of the sharp contrast to how quick Ducey was to issue a statewide curfew and call upon the National Guard when Scottsdale Fashion Square was looted by agitators. Alexis Potter, azcentral, "Is Gov. Doug Ducey a hologram? Yes, according to a conspiracy on Twitter," 12 June 2020 But each participating 5-year-old and their parents will have the opportunity to come to school to pick up a learning kit and Chromebook, meet the kindergarten teacher face-to-face and get a quick school tour, Govus said. oregonlive, "Amid coronavirus, Oregon schools will resume schooling this summer, some in classrooms face-to-face," 10 June 2020 So while the installation may be fairly quick, the start-to-finish process may take a few weeks to a few months, depending on your situation. Whitson Gordon, Popular Science, "What you need to know about converting your home to solar," 6 June 2020 Moderna's vaccine results have yet to be reviewed by outside experts or published in a medical journal, and some have questioned whether the company was too quick in publicizing the trial data. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Watchdog urges SEC to investigate vaccine maker Moderna," 3 June 2020 Moore was quick to condemn the killing of Floyd by Minneapolis police, and in the early days of the protests, gave demonstrators a wide berth. Los Angeles Times, "LAPD Chief Michel Moore’s comments on looters create political firestorm," 3 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Made with quick-dry, moisture-wicking, odor-controlling, and anti-bacterial technology, AIRism now features T-shirts, tank tops, and hoodies for men and women. Flora Tsapovsky, Wired, "Once a WFH Staple, Athleisure Gets Down to Business," 22 June 2020 Much of the film has the authenticity of a documentary, and Mr Gordon-Levitt dials down his charisma to play a nerdy everyman who is neither quick-thinking nor brave enough to qualify as a hero. The Economist, "Atmospheric pressure “7500” delivers high drama on a low budget," 18 June 2020 The downside: Payments on a $21,690 GLX will grow a kid up quick. Martin Padgett Jr., Car and Driver, "Tested: 1993 Volkswagen Passat GLX Pairs Stealth with Speed," 15 June 2020 Ford’s quick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission is unchanged. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Custom truck maker Mil-Spec takes on its next project: Ford F-150 that dwarfs Raptor," 13 June 2020 Hey, real quick An Ohio state senator has questions. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "LeBron steps up as the President gets ready to step out…in Tulsa," 12 June 2020 Pair them back with the company’s Palisades Men’s short which is a light and functional short made with quick-dry TerraTex stretch nylon. Jean Chen Smith, Cincinnati.com, "Father's Day Gift Guide 2020: Order it all online," 11 June 2020 All those presentable works shirts, polos, trousers and shoes can begin to add up quick[, but that’s where cost-effective retailers like JCPenney come in. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "This popular men's polo is on sale for less than $10," 5 June 2020 All of a sudden someone who lived in the apartment complex that bordered the alley opens up the gate to the alley and was like, quick come through here. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Protest Medics on Being Targeted by the Police, in Their Own Words," 3 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nothing this quick comes any cheaper-except GMC's Syclone pickup. Arthur St. Antoine, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1992 GMC Typhoon," 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, "Ohio State football will prosper more than any program with athletes making endorsement money," 29 Apr. 2020 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

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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

23 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Quick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quick. Accessed 4 Jul. 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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