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
and rapid to the movement itself.
rapid currentswift suggests great rapidity coupled with ease of movement.
returned the ball with one swift stroke fleet adds the implication of lightness and nimbleness.
fleet runnersquick 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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