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

Definition of speedy

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

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 Other police forces around the world have also introduced more luxurious or speedy vehicles into their fleets. Bryan Pietsch, Washington Post, 26 July 2022 The speedy explosive back rushed for 898 yards and 11 touchdowns last year, and also had three receiving touchdowns and 174 yards in the air. James Weber, The Enquirer, 26 July 2022 The defending World Cup champions have a new look with young players, and coach Vlatko Andonovski has tweaked the team’s traditional straightforward and speedy attack to take a more nuanced approach. Anne M. Peterson, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 July 2022 O'Ward made the pass for the win on pit road with a speedy stop by his Arrow McLaren SP team and held off Penske teammates Will Power and Scott McLaughlin for the win. Fox News, 24 July 2022 But the preseason chatter surrounding this transfer from Georgia Tech would indicate Alabama is expecting a breakout season from the speedy running back. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 20 July 2022 Try mango salsa, with ice cream, or in a speedy fruit chaat. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 19 July 2022 But experts agree that Russia won't experience a speedy economic reboot his time around. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 16 July 2022 The rest of it is just as top-notch, from speedy performance and good battery life to a bright screen and even a stylus for taking notes. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 13 July 2022 See More

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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 9 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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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