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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Our test car's 6.0-second zero-to-60-mph time is adequately quick but hardly thrilling, and its 4.4-second run from 50 to 70 mph is similarly unnoteworthy. Annie White, Car and Driver, 16 July 2021 Rodrigo took the podium of the White House Wednesday morning (July 14) to deliver a quick but important message to the youth about getting vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 16 July 2021 That beats hybrid versions of the Escape, CR-V and RAV4, but the Santa Fe doesn’t feel particularly quick. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 9 July 2021 Yun, usually stoic and quick to point out what went wrong in Fuel victories, was pleased to be in the moment after his team’s win. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 9 July 2021 The nylon fabric also means the beach blanket is water resistant and quick drying. Carly Totten, PEOPLE.com, 8 July 2021 Israel has deployed the Pfizer vaccine to everyone over the age of 12, and its early and quick rollout gave scientists one of the first real-world snapshots of its efficacy. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 6 July 2021 That’s a mighty quick up and down over quite a bit of price territory: from below 2500 in 2017 up to 65,000 early this year and then a drop back to 30,000. John Navin, Forbes, 4 July 2021 This lack of representation cuts close to the quick when considering the depth of the U.S.’s racial wealth gap. Syreeta Mcfadden, Rolling Stone, 1 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Meanwhile, at Bodian’s bakery Le Grenier à Pain Abbesses in the Montmartre neighborhood, long but quick-moving lines are a common sight due to the baker’s notoriety. Vivian Song, CNN, 14 July 2021 After making sure the building was clear, the fire was bumped to a second-alarm fire, and more teams were able to assist in stopping the spread of a quick-moving fire in the attic on the third floor, Ramirez said. Miguel Torres, The Arizona Republic, 26 June 2021 By the following year, he had been accepted into the Army’s elite Rangers unit, a quick-moving force capable of complex special-operations missions. BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2021 Designed in a quick-dry material with UPF 50 sun protection, it can be paired with matching leggings or even jeans. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 9 June 2021 Thousands of Amazon shoppers have given these Crocs shower flip-flops their seal of approval because of their lightweight, durable design and quick-dry abilities. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, 30 May 2021 This product is made from a durable abrasion-resistant and quick-dry material. Southern Living, 18 May 2021 For Chen, that kind of talk is indicative of the misguided notion that meme stocks are a surefire get-rich-quick scheme. Megan Mccluskey, Time, 24 June 2021 Fortunately, a quick-acting supervisor and system safeguards prevented a disaster, but the water poisoning did occur, if only briefly. Richard Tracy, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Nothing this quick comes any cheaper-except GMC's Syclone pickup. Arthur St. Antoine, Car and Driver, 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, 29 Apr. 2020 Because McKinney possesses a lightning-quick first step and trusts his instincts, his trash-talking opportunities came often in 2019. cleveland, 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, 22 Oct. 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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The first known use of quick was before the 12th century

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18 Jul 2021

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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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