\ 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 speedily (audio) \ adverb
speediness \ ˈspē-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce speediness (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 At stake are two competing Sixth Amendment Constitutional protections: the right to confront witnesses and the right to a speedy and public trial. Lucy Lang, Wired, "Virtual Criminal Justice May Make the System More Equitable," 1 July 2020 With a beautiful display, speedy processor options and a price point that's well under $1,000, the HP Envy x360 13 was already a great option for students or professionals seeking a portable-yet-powerful machine. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "6 incredible deals to shop during HP's big 4th of July sale," 1 July 2020 Rising infection rates and hospitalizations in over 20 states have spooked investors as optimism about a speedy economic recovery falters. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Governors juggle new restrictions with reopenings as coronavirus cases surge," 24 June 2020 Without accessible testing and speedy results, people may be continuing their daily routines, seeing others and going to public places, not knowing they were exposed to a positive case and could be spreading the virus to others. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Coronavirus testing: supply shortages, more positive cases and longer wait times," 23 June 2020 After cooking, close to zero residue remained on the pan, which led to a very speedy cleanup consisting of wiping, rinsing and going on with our business. Kate Bratskeir, CNN Underscored, "The best nonstick pans of 2020," 23 June 2020 Investor optimism for a speedy recovery in the economy was also dimmed by the Federal Reserve, which warned Wednesday that the road to recovery from the worst downturn in decades would be long and vowed to keep rates low for the foreseeable future. Alex Veiga, Damian J.troise, Anchorage Daily News, "Stock indexes take massive drop as coronavirus cases rise, deflating economic optimism," 11 June 2020 Friday’s jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department was particularly encouraging for investors hoping for a speedy economic recovery. Benzinga, Detroit Free Press, "S&P 500 rides wave of investor optimism as parts of economy reopen," 6 June 2020 Many people took to Twitter to wish him a speedy recovery. NBC News, "D.L. Hughley hospitalized after collapsing during Nashville comedy show," 29 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of speedy

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Speedy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedy. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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