rap·​id-fire ˌra-pəd-ˈfī(-ə)r How to pronounce rapid-fire (audio)
: firing or adapted for firing shots in rapid succession
: marked by rapidity, liveliness, or sharpness
a comedian with a rapid-fire delivery

Examples of rapid-fire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here, Vince Staples talks about his peer-mentors like Donald Glover, connects the dots between TV shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Eve, and Atlanta, and answers some rapid-fire questions about surviving sticky situations. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 15 Feb. 2024 As organizations navigate multiple, rapid-fire changes—many of which are digital— the enthusiasm to support these shifts is eroding. Sherzod Odilov, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 That post, which the Biden-Harris campaign uploaded during the Super Bowl on Sunday, featured the president answering silly, rapid-fire questions about the big game: Jason Kelce or Travis Kelce? Charlie Warzel, The Atlantic, 14 Feb. 2024 Last fall, Biden signed a sweeping executive order committing the executive branch to a rapid-fire timeline of tasks in an effort to get in front of AI issues, in what has further highlighted a contrast to Congress. Brian Fung, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 Bolstered by her relentless and rapid-fire vocal delivery, Snow Tha Product (real name Claudia Feliciano) is quickly establishing herself as a force in hip-hop. Isabela Raygoza, Billboard, 8 Feb. 2024 Colbert asked Nolan about his phone and email usage during a rapid-fire barrage of questions. EW.com, 8 Feb. 2024 Noah kicked things off with an over-excited, rapid-fire set of the usual jokes about big stars in the room along with some general music-industry news. Jennifer Zhan, Vulture, 5 Feb. 2024 Then, in a rapid-fire montage, the 30-second spot shows Affleck in a recording studio, debuting some questionable beats to a producer, and taking a dance lesson from social media star D’Amelio. Kevin Dolak, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rapid-fire was in 1890

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“Rapid-fire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapid-fire. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: able to fire shots rapidly
a rapid-fire weapon
: marked by a rapid rate or pace
spoke rapid-fire Spanish
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