\ 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 Along with Usher, Louisville brings back speedy freshman Christian Knapczyk, Cameron Masterman, Ben Metzinger and others. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 15 July 2021 The speedy Eaton has compiled a .278 average, .768 OPS, 65 homers, 165 doubles, 46 triples, and 317 RBIs in 10 big league seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, White Sox and Nationals. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2021 But Cook County prosecutors dropped the murder charges at the end of January 2017 after allowing too much time to elapse under the state’s speedy trial statute, according to court records and Belmont’s lawyer. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, 12 July 2021 Not mandating repairs is also one way iBuyers ensure speedy transactions. cleveland, 11 July 2021 Rookie first baseman Alex Kirilloff ended the top of the 10th inning with a diving, unassisted out against the speedy Willi Castro that likely kept Robbie Grossman from scoring the go-ahead run from second. Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, 11 July 2021 The speedy diagnosis was also an unexpected benefit of the pandemic. BostonGlobe.com, 11 July 2021 They're reasonably priced (for a portable SSD) and very speedy. Scott Gilbertson, Wired, 9 July 2021 Chinese mother: bountiful noodles, textural salads, eggy wonders and speedy sides. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 July 2021

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First Known Use of speedy

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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17 Jul 2021

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“Speedy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedy. Accessed 26 Jul. 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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