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Etymology

From Old English cwic (alive), from Proto-Germanic *kwikwa-, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷih₃u̯os (alive), from *gʷei- (to live). Cognate with Dutch kwiek, German keck, Swedish kvick; and (from Indo-European) with Ancient Greek βίος (bios), Latin vivus, Lithuanian gývas, Latvian dzivs, Russian живой (živoj), Irish biathaim (nourish).

Adjective

quick (comparative er, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
quick

Comparative
er

Superlative
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  1. Moving with speed, rapidity or swiftness, or capable of doing so; rapid; fast.
    I ran to the station – but I wasn't quick enough.
    He's a quick runner.
  2. Occuring in a short time; happening or done rapidly.
    That was a quick meal.
  3. Lively, fast-thinking, witty, intelligent.
    You have to be very quick to be able to compete in ad-lib theatrics.
  4. Mentally agile, alert, perceptive.
    My father is old but he still has a quick wit.
  5. Of temper: easily aroused to anger; quick-tempered.
  6. (archaic) Alive, living.
    The quick and the dead.
  7. (archaic) Pregnant, especially at the stage where the foetus's movements can be felt; figuratively, alive with some emotion or feeling.
    She was quick with child.
  8. Of water: flowing.
  9. Burning, flammable, fiery.

Synonyms

Antonyms

  • (moving with speed): slow

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Adverb

quick (comparative er, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
quick

Comparative
er

Superlative
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  1. (colloquial) quickly
    get rich quick
    come here, quick!

Noun

Singular
quick

Plural
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quick ({{{1}}})
  1. raw or sensitive flesh, especially that underneath finger and toe nails.

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Translations

References

  • "quick" at The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.

quick” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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