\ ˈspē-dē How to pronounce speedy (audio) \
speedier; speediest

Definition of speedy

: marked by swiftness of motion or action also : prompt sense 2

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Other Words from speedy

speedily \ ˈspē-​də-​lē How to pronounce speedy (audio) \ adverb
speediness \ ˈspē-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce speedy (audio) \ noun

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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 Stocks and other risky assets had been under pressure this week following concerns that rising inflation and a speedy economic recovery could prompt central bankers to pare back easy-money policies. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, 20 May 2021 The former President later called Pence to wish him a speedy recovery, both people said. Michael Warren, CNN, 29 Apr. 2021 Defense lawyers are tracking delays but there hasn’t been a successful speedy trial challenge, which could result in dismissal of criminal charges. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, 14 May 2021 Allen said that a chunk of the population has anxiety, and doesn’t like to be rushed into decision-making — a challenge as public health officials urge speedy vaccinations to slow the spread of the virus. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, 14 May 2021 Joey Gallo’s nearly 100 mile-per-hour throw to home plate in the bottom of the 10th to get the speedy Chas McCormick looked like a momentum shifter. Dallas News, 14 May 2021 That law, which 48 states, Washington D.C. and the federal government have some version of in place, gives people who are in custody in one state while facing charges in another the ability to preserve their speedy trial rights. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 14 May 2021 Britain’s speedy vaccine campaign saved at least 11,700 lives and prevented 33,000 people from becoming seriously ill in England, according to research released by Public Health England on Friday. Marc Santora, New York Times, 14 May 2021 Kelce, cornerback Trevon Diggs progressing enough to keep pace with speedy receiver Tyreek Hill. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 13 May 2021

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First Known Use of speedy

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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30 May 2021

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“Speedy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedy. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of speedy

: moving or able to move quickly : fast or quick
: happening quickly


\ ˈspē-dē How to pronounce speedy (audio) \
speedier; speediest

Kids Definition of speedy

: moving or taking place fast She made a speedy recovery.

Other Words from speedy

speedily \ ˈspē-​də-​lē \ adverb


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