speedy

adjective
\ˈspē-dē \
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 \ adverb
speediness \ ˈspē-​dē-​nəs \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for speedy

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, Clippard hit Greg Bird with a pitch, and the speedier Tyler Wade replaced Bird as a pinch-runner. David Waldstein, New York Times, "The Yankees Went to Extra Innings, but Still Knocked Off Early," 8 July 2018 But the speedy Broxton took off on the crack of the bat, arrived at the wall just in time and made an electrifying, leaping catch to rob Dozier of a home run. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Game changers: An overachiever's huge first hit and 'the best play I’ve ever made'," 4 July 2018 The United Nations had expressed concern over the allegations and urged the electoral commission to conduct a speedy and transparent investigation. Washington Post, "Fire engulfs warehouse storing Iraq election ballots in latest setback for troubled vote," 11 June 2018 The United Nations had expressed concern over the allegations and urged the electoral commission to conduct a speedy and transparent investigation. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Fire engulfs warehouse storing Iraq election ballots in latest setback for troubled vote," 10 June 2018 Scheifele is a bullish scoring center, and the speedy Wheeler is a highly skilled play-making winger. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Jets reach conference final for first time in franchise history with Game 7 win at Predators," 10 May 2018 Here’s how this process affects your energy, weight, and even mood — plus tips on how to make your metabolism as speedy and efficient as possible. Good Housekeeping, "Your Metabolism, Explained: How to Boost Your Body's Fat-Burning System and Lose Weight," 24 Apr. 2018 After a brief major league experience — and a highly productive winter season — the speedy, powerful Franchy Cordero could challenge for either corner spot. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres spring training primer: Outfield," 7 Feb. 2018 Rocha, thrilled with the speedy results, wanted to share her experience on social media for other moms in need. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Coco Rocha recalls being shamed online over her parenting skills: 'I would cry in the shower'," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of speedy

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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speedy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of speedy

: moving or able to move quickly : fast or quick

: happening quickly

speedy

adjective
\ˈspē-dē \
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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