From Middle English quyksande, from Old English cwecesand (“quicksand”), equivalent to quick (“living”) + sand. Cognate with Swedish kvicksand (“quicksand”), Icelandic kviksandur, kviksyndi (“quicksand”). More at quick, sand.
- Wet sand that things readily sink in, often found near rivers or coasts
- My feet were firmly lodged in the quicksand, and the more I struggled the more I sank into it.
- Anything that pulls one down or buries one metaphorically
- The quicksands of youth...
type of sand