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From Proto-Germanic *kwikwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷih₃wós (alive). Cognates with Old Frisian quik, Old Saxon quik (Dutch kwik, Old High German kec (German keck, Old Norse kvikr (Swedish kvick, Gothic 𐌵𐌹𐌿𐍃 (qius); and with Ancient Greek βίος (bíos, life), Latin vīvus (alive), Proto-Balto-Slavic *gīˀwas (Lithuanian gývas (alive), Latvian dzīvs, Proto-Slavic *živъ (alive)), Proto-Celtic *biwos (Irish beo (alive), Welsh byw (alive)) *gwitu- (Old Irish biad (nourishment), Irish biathaigh (nourish) and bia (food)), Sanskrit जीव (jīva).




  1. living, live, alive
    Enoch cwic gewat mid cyning engla.
    Enoch departed alive with the king of angels.
  2. mentally agile; intelligent, keen


Weak Strong
case singular plural case singular plural
m n f m n f m n f
nominative cwica cwice cwice cwican nom. cwic cwic cwicu cwice cwicu, -e cwica, -e
accusative cwican cwice cwican acc. cwicne cwic cwice cwice cwicu, -e cwica, -e
genitive cwican cwicra, cwicena gen. cwices cwices cwicre cwicra
dative cwican cwicum dat. cwicum cwicum cwicre cwicum
instrumental cwice

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