\ 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
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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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“Speedy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedy. Accessed 17 May. 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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