\ 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 Merchant ran the speedy final lap under false pretenses. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Fake track season produces smoking time for ACS runner Tristian Merchant," 21 May 2020 State government employee unions are urging speedy federal relief amid plummeting state revenues, budget cuts, and furloughs. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Deal on liability protections for reopening businesses possible as Democrats divide on the issue," 19 May 2020 Many states have long built in lengthy reviews to help weed out fraudulent claims, but as more people have suddenly become eligible and the need for speedy payments becomes urgent, some states have tried to eliminate those delays. Mike Baker, BostonGlobe.com, "Federal authorities suspect vast fraud network is targeting US unemployment systems," 16 May 2020 Fellow teenagers, Alek Thomas and Corbin Carroll, both offer solid upside as speedy, left-handed, outfielders. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "MLB farm system rankings: Arizona Diamondbacks earn praise before 2020 MLB draft," 14 May 2020 Recent leaks and rumors suggest that GeForce Ampere GPUs will clock even higher than the speedy RTX 20-series, however, and deliver up to a 4x performance increase in ray tracing speeds. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's bleeding-edge Ampere GPU architecture revealed: 5 things PC gamers need to know," 14 May 2020 The combination of the speedy Cooks and equally fast Will Fuller will place tremendous pressure on opposing defenses. oregonlive, "Brandin Cooks: ‘I’m going to ball’ with the Houston Texans," 14 May 2020 The experience across former communist Europe is one of speedier quarantines, shut borders and a fraction of the cases compared with the west of the continent. Andrea Dudik, Bloomberg.com, "One Billionaire Leader Is Having a Good Virus Crisis," 13 May 2020 On Monday, speedy Mercury makes his way into intelligent Gemini. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 10 May 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 5 Jun. 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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