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 The malfunction, which state officials had not fully explained before, is also hampering some counties’ ability to do case investigation work that relies on quick identification of new infections to stop the spread of the disease. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "California’s inaccurate coronavirus count: ‘We will hold people accountable’," 7 Aug. 2020 Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, cited the need for the international community to help Lebanon with both a quick response and sustained engagement. USA TODAY, "Lebanon president: Beirut explosion either due to negligence or missile, bomb," 7 Aug. 2020 The documentary doubles as a quick history of Detroit's music stature as the hometown of Berry Gordy's empire and top rockers like Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, and Bob Seger. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Creem magazine doc celebrates Detroit's irreverent, irrepressible gift to rock 'n' roll," 7 Aug. 2020 The malady is also signalled with quick clips of microscopic images of living liquid, from blood Jane examines and photographs. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“She Dies Tomorrow,” Reviewed: An Apocalyptic Drama of Emotional Crises," 7 Aug. 2020 The artichoke was also a nice addition, producing quick hits of briny flavor. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Goomba’s Pizzeria restaurant in San Antonio still delivers classic New York-style pizza," 7 Aug. 2020 Getting off to a quick start is what Lauer does best. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Best Bets heading into the Cincinnati Reds series vs. the Brewers," 7 Aug. 2020 Sunday night: Only a few clouds or a quick sprinkle look possible overnight. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: After some more showers and storms today, sunshine builds as heat increases this weekend," 7 Aug. 2020 Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, cited the need for the international community to help Lebanon with both a quick response and sustained engagement. Arkansas Online, "Lebanon president says he knew of chemicals at port in July," 7 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb After the beans have soaked (either overnight or quick soaked), drain in a colander, and place them in a pot, then add enough water to cover the beans by 4 inches. Beth Dooley, Star Tribune, "Make use of those dry beans in the pantry," 5 Aug. 2020 All the pieces were clearly labeled, including the screws, and washers were already placed on the screws, again super quick putting together. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "The most beloved beds on Wayfair under $700," 4 Aug. 2020 The surer bet was Waiters, an app that had sprung up right quick. Daniel Handler, SFChronicle.com, "Daniel Handler’s ‘Waiters’: A fictional look at dating (and dining) during the time of coronavirus," 2 Aug. 2020 The Coyotes are focused on starting off quick and making sure all their systems are sound against Vegas. Jack Williams, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Coyotes expecting quick start, strong forecheck in exhibition game against Vegas," 31 July 2020 In its hundreds of positive reviews, fans praise its compact design, quick-dry interior padding, airy ventilation system, and detachable visor that make for a safe, comfortable ride. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "10 great bike helmets to get right now," 23 June 2020 These voracious predators are lightning quick, aggressive, beautiful, and provide great eating. David A. Brown, Field & Stream, "Legendary Advice on Fishing the Florida Keys," 2 July 2020 Now take that sensation and apply it to Horizon's quick-dodging, arrow-launching, robo-safari madness. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Why this month’s PC port of Death Stranding is the definitive version," 1 July 2020 However, now customers who don't want to row their own gears can opt for Porsche's lightning-quick-shifting seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4, Spyder Get PDK Dual-Clutch Automatic as Option," 24 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

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

10 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Quick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quick. Accessed 15 Aug. 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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