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quick

adjective

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1 having or showing the ability to respond without delay or hesitation
  • she's a quick wit, always ready with a pun or joke when the moment calls for one

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2 having or showing quickness of mind
  • a quick lad, he immediately caught on to how the machinery operated

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3 moving, proceeding, or acting with great speed
  • a quick run through the car wash, and your vehicle will look as good as new

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4 having or showing life
  • after the battle, there was a hurried accounting of the quick and the dead

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5 able to sense slight impressions or differences
  • parlayed her quick eye for beauty into ownership of a top modeling agency

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6 archaic containing unborn young within the body
  • a woman quick with child

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quick

adverb

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quick

noun

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the seat of one's deepest thoughts and emotions
  • that nasty comment cut me to the quick

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Frequently Asked Questions About quick

How does the adjective quick contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of quick are apt, prompt, and ready. While all these words mean "able to respond without delay or hesitation or indicative of such ability," quick stresses instancy of response and is likely to connote native rather than acquired power.

quick reflexes

a keen quick mind

When is apt a more appropriate choice than quick?

The words apt and quick can be used in similar contexts, but apt stresses the possession of qualities (such as intelligence, a particular talent, or a strong bent) that makes quick effective response possible.

an apt student

her answer was apt and to the point

Where would prompt be a reasonable alternative to quick?

While the synonyms prompt and quick are close in meaning, prompt is more likely to connote training and discipline that fits one for instant response.

prompt emergency medical care

When is it sensible to use ready instead of quick?

The meanings of ready and quick largely overlap; however, ready suggests facility or fluency in response.

backed by a pair of ready assistants

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The first known use of quick was before the 12th century

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“Quick.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/quick. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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