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This page has 21 definitions of quick in English, French, and German. Quick is an adjective, an adverb, noun and verb. Examples of how to use quick in a sentence are shown. Also define these 54 related words and terms: speed, rapidity, swiftness, rapid, fast, lively, witty, intelligent, alert, perceptive, quick-tempered, alive, living, pregnant, flowing, burning, flammable, fiery, fresh, bracing, sharp, keen, mining, vein, ore, productive, dead, barren, quickly, raw, sensitive, flesh, underneath, finger, toe, nail, plant, quickset, hedge, life, mortal, vital, quitchgrass, cricket, fast bowler, amalgamate, surface, gild, silver, solution, mercury, nitric acid, poetic, and quicken.

English quick definition

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Etymology

From Middle English quik, quic, from Old English cwic (alive), from Proto-West Germanic *kwik(k)w, from Proto-Germanic *kwikwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷih₃wós (alive), from *gʷeyh₃- (to live), *gʷeih₃w- (to live).

Cognate with Dutch kwik, kwiek, German keck, Swedish kvick; and (from Indo-European) with Ancient Greek βίος (bíos, life), Latin vivus, Lithuanian gývas (alive), Latvian dzīvs (alive), Russian живо́й (živój), Welsh byw (alive), Irish beo (alive), biathaigh (feed), Northern Kurdish jîn (to live), jiyan (life), giyan (soul), can (soul), Sanskrit जीव (jīva, living), Albanian nxit (to urge, stimulate). Doublet of jiva.

Pronunciation

Adjective

quick (comparative quicker, superlative quickest)

  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.
    • Swiftness definition
      The state of being swift.
  2. Occurring 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.
    • Perceptive definition
      Having or showing keenness of perception, insight, understanding, or intuition.
  5. Of temper: easily aroused to anger; quick-tempered.
    He is wont to be rather quick of temper when tired.
    • 1549, Hugh Latimer, The Sixth Sermon Preached Before King Edward, April 6 1549
      The bishop was somewhat quick with them, and signified that he was much offended.
  6. (archaic) Alive, living.
  7. (now rare, archaic) Pregnant, especially at the stage where the foetus's movements can be felt; figuratively, alive with some emotion or feeling.
    • c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “Loues Labour’s Lost”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene ii]:
      she's quick; the child brags in her belly already: tis yours
    • 2012, Jerry White, London in the Eighteenth Century, Bodley Head 2017, p. 385:
      When sentenced she sought to avoid hanging by declaring herself with child – ironically, given her favourite deception – but a ‘jury of Matrons’ found her not quick.
  8. Of water: flowing.
  9. Burning, flammable, fiery.
  10. Fresh; bracing; sharp; keen.
  11. (mining, of a vein of ore) productive; not "dead" or barren
    • Mining definition
      The activity of removing solid valuables from the earth. (1 of 4 mining definitions)
    • Ore definition
      Rock or other material that contains valuable or utilitarian materials; primarily a rock containing metals or gems for which it is typically mined and processed.

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Antonyms

  • (moving with speed): slow

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Adverb

quick (comparative quicker, superlative quickest)

  1. Quickly, in a quick manner.
    Get rich quick.
    Come here, quick!

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Noun

quick (plural quicks)

  1. Raw or sensitive flesh, especially that underneath finger and toe nails.
    • Nail definition
      The thin, horny plate at the ends of fingers and toes on humans and some other animals. (1 of 7 nail definitions)
  2. Plants used in making a quickset hedge
    • 1641, John Evelyn, diary entry September 1641
      The works [] are curiously hedged with quick.
    • Plant definition
      An organism that is not an animal, especially an organism capable of photosynthesis. Typically a small or herbaceous organism of this kind, rather than a tree. (1 of 15 plant definitions)
    • Hedge definition
      A thicket of bushes or other shrubbery, especially one planted as a fence between two portions of land, or to separate the parts of a garden. (1 of 6 hedge definitions)
  3. The life; the mortal point; a vital part; a part susceptible to serious injury or keen feeling.
    • 1550, Hugh Latimer, Sermon Preached at Stamford, 9 October 1550
      This test nippeth, [] this toucheth the quick.
    • 1655, Thomas Fuller, Church-History of Britain
      How feebly and unlike themselves they reason when they come to the quick of the difference!
    • Mortal definition
      Susceptible to death by aging, sickness, injury, or wound; not immortal. (1 of 10 mortal definitions)
  4. Quitchgrass.
  5. (cricket) A fast bowler.

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Verb

quick (third-person singular simple present quicks, present participle quicking, simple past and past participle quicked)

  1. (transitive) To amalgamate surfaces prior to gilding or silvering by dipping them into a solution of mercury in nitric acid.
  2. (transitive, archaic, poetic) To quicken.
    • 1917', Thomas Hardy, At the Word 'Farewell
      I rose as if quicked by a spur I was bound to obey.

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French quick definition

Etymology

From English.

Pronunciation

Noun

quick m (plural quicks)

  1. quick waltz

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German quick definition

Etymology

Borrowed from Middle Low German quick, from Old Saxon quik, from Proto-West Germanic *kwik(k)w, from Proto-Germanic *kwikwaz; also a Central Franconian form. Doublet of keck, which see for more.

Pronunciation

Adjective

quick (comparative quicker, superlative am quicksten)

  1. (rather rare, dated) lively
    • 1899, Theodor Fontane, chapter 12, in Der Stechlin:
      Die Wirtin des Hauses, Frau Hagelversicherungssekretär Schickedanz, hätte diesen gelegentlichen Aufenthalt der Nichte Hartwigs eigentlich beanstanden müssen, ließ es aber gehen, weil Hedwig ein heiteres, quickes und sehr anstelliges Ding war und manches besaß, was die Schickedanz mit der Ungehörigkeit des ewigen Dienstwechsels wieder aussöhnte.
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Usage notes

  • Much more common than the simplex is the pleonastic compound quicklebendig.

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