From Middle English quik or quic, from Old English cwic (“alive”), from Proto-Germanic *kwikwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷih₃wós (“alive”), from *gʷey- (“to live”), *gʷeih₃w- (“to live”). Cognate with Dutch kwik and kwiek, German keck, Swedish kvick; and (from Indo-European) with Ancient Greek βίος (bios, “life”), Latin vivus, Lithuanian gývas (“alive”), Latvian dzīvs (“alive”), Russian живой (živoj), Welsh byw (“alive”), Irish beo (“alive”), biathaim (“nourish”), Kurdish jîn (“to live”) and jiyan (“life”), giyan (“soul”), can (“soul”), Sanskrit जीव (jīva, “living”).
- 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.
- Occurring in a short time; happening or done rapidly.
- That was a quick meal.
- Lively, fast-thinking, witty, intelligent.
- You have to be very quick to be able to compete in ad-lib theatrics.
- Mentally agile, alert, perceptive.
- My father is old but he still has a quick wit.
- Of temper: easily aroused to anger; quick-tempered.
- (archaic) Alive, living.
- (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.
- Of water: flowing.
- Burning, flammable, fiery.
- (moving with speed): slow
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- (colloquial) with speed, quickly
- Get rich quick.
- Come here, quick!
- John Locke
- If we consider how very quick the actions of the mind are performed.
quick (plural quicks)
- quick in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- quick in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913