\ 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

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Playing against England right back Lucy Bronze, widely considered one of the best players in the world, Ellis might have opted for the speedier Press to help with defensive responsibilities. Hayden Bird, BostonGlobe.com, "Megan Rapinoe sits out US World Cup semifinal vs. England," 2 July 2019 But what caused the initial expansion and subsequent speedy retreat remains a mystery. NBC News, "Antarctic sea ice is shrinking rapidly after decades of growth. Scientists aren't sure why.," 1 July 2019 The Pistons played at a quicker pace when Smith was on the floor and fans delighted over his speedy style. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Ish Smith reportedly leaving for Wizards; Detroit Pistons met with Jared Dudley," 1 July 2019 Though Myles Straw's defense is still developing, the speedy prospect started at shortstop Saturday for the second time in three games. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros slot speedy Myles Straw in at shortstop," 29 June 2019 The United States left back, Crystal Dunn, masterfully contained the speedy French forward Kadidiatou Diani. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "How Megan Rapinoe and the U.S. Beat France at the World Cup," 28 June 2019 Officials later said the situation might have been avoided with a speedier reaction from utility operators. Beau Evans, nola.com, "Sewerage & Water Board employees, clocking long hours, long to be heard – not watched," 28 June 2019 But now that e-commerce has become commonplace, speedy, convenient delivery and pick up has become a key way Amazon and its rivals are competing. Editors, USA TODAY, "Democratic debate 2019, Iran-U.S. tensions, Supreme Court terms ends: 5 things to know Thursday," 27 June 2019 Players to watch Portland Thorns Midge Purce, F: Purce is a smart and speedy attacker that can get behind opposing backlines and make things happen in the final third. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "Portland Thorns vs. Houston Dash: Players to watch, how to watch live stream online," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of speedy

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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