speedier; speediest
: marked by swiftness of motion or action
speedily adverb
speediness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for speedy

fast, rapid, swift, fleet, quick, speedy, hasty, expeditious mean moving, proceeding, or acting with celerity.

fast and rapid are very close in meaning, but fast applies particularly to the thing that moves

fast horses

and rapid to the movement itself.

rapid current

swift suggests great rapidity coupled with ease of movement.

returned the ball with one swift stroke

fleet adds the implication of lightness and nimbleness.

fleet runners

quick suggests promptness and the taking of little time.

a quick wit

speedy implies quickness of successful accomplishment

speedy delivery of mail

and may also suggest unusual velocity.

hasty suggests hurry and precipitousness and often connotes carelessness.

a hasty inspection

expeditious suggests efficiency together with rapidity of accomplishment.

the expeditious handling of an order

Examples of speedy in a Sentence

They wished her a speedy recovery. a speedy worker but not a very careful one, unfortunately
Recent Examples on the Web Testimony and other evidence often deteriorate over time, which is one reason that criminal defendants and their victims are entitled to a speedy trial. Carol Rosenberg, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2024 This recipe also ensures speedy post-dinner cleanup with just one pan used for cooking. The Bon Appétit Staff & Contributors, Bon Appétit, 23 Feb. 2024 Aptly christened the Arc Sport, the new 23-footer is the sportier and speedier successor to the Arc One model that was unveiled in 2021. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 22 Feb. 2024 After struggling to keep up with Penn State’s speedy offense to start, the Illini settled down midway through the first half and controlled play for much of the second, but couldn’t hold on to multiple double-digit leads. Travis Johnson, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2024 The automaker explored its speedier side in the 2022 Range Rover Sport SVR, powering it with a 575-horsepower 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine under its expansive hood. Kristin Shaw, Popular Science, 21 Feb. 2024 In addition, knowing precisely where every employee is working helps not only diminish the potential for collisions but also facilitate a speedy emergency response in the event of an accident. Ozgur Ulku, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Each one lies just beyond Gate 4 of terminals A and B, and both are packed with ample drinking and dining options paired with work stations and speedy Wi-Fi. Jared Ranahan, Travel + Leisure, 19 Feb. 2024 In 2023, Apple announced its current flagship M3 chipsets, which are more power-efficient and speedier than its predecessor, but these processors are still available in only the MacBook Pro (14-inch and 16-inch) and 24-inch iMac models. Brenda Stolyar, WIRED, 14 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English spedi "beneficial, unencumbered, agile, prompt," from sped "luck, success, assistance, rate of progress" + -i -y entry 1 — more at speed entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of speedy was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Speedy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedy. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


speedier; speediest
: moving or taking place fast
speedily adverb
speediness noun

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