\ 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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Last week, a Chinese court sentenced another Canadian to death on drug-smuggling charges after a speedy retrial. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Canada’s China Envoy: U.S. Extradition Case for Huawei CFO Isn’t a Sure Thing," 23 Jan. 2019 The challenge was stopping himself from pushing too hard for a speedy recovery. Julian Benbow, BostonGlobe.com, "BC quarterback Anthony Brown nearly ready after knee surgery," 4 July 2018 Arrington’s campaign said her family asked for the public to pray for the person killed and for Arrington’s speedy recovery. NBC News, "Katie Arrington, congressional hopeful who defeated Mark Sanford, seriously injured in car crash," 23 June 2018 The pair and the retirement home's residents celebrated Jedi's speedy recovery, according to a Saturday afternoon Facebook post. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Sheriff's K-9 Jedi returns to duty weeks after being stabbed in the head," 23 June 2018 Jug offers to ditch school to hang out the next morning (speedy recovery, Jughead), but Betty doesn’t think her mom is up for much company. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 2 Episode 22: Justice for Archie Andrews," 17 May 2018 Starting the healing process again & hoping for a speedy recovery. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Glendale police sergeant wounded in shooting leaves hospital," 3 Apr. 2018 To sweeten the deal, the trip was a speedy 90 minute drive or train-ride out of the city. Lily Kupets, Vogue, "A Winter Weekend Destination You’ve Likely Overlooked: New Paltz, New York," 28 Dec. 2018 Higher-end finishes and eco-friendly building materials will cost you more, but the other perks of speedy construction and sturdy building remain. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "The Impressive Evolution Of Prefabricated Houses," 24 Dec. 2018

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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 \
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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