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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quickadjective

    any area of the body that is highly sensitive to pain (as the flesh underneath the skin or a fingernail or toenail)

  2. quick, speedyadjective

    accomplished rapidly and without delay

    "was quick to make friends"; "his quick reaction prevented an accident"; "hoped for a speedy resolution of the problem"; "a speedy recovery"; "he has a right to a speedy trial"

  3. flying, quick, fastadjective

    hurried and brief

    "paid a flying visit"; "took a flying glance at the book"; "a quick inspection"; "a fast visit"

  4. agile, nimble, quick, spryadjective

    moving quickly and lightly

    "sleek and agile as a gymnast"; "as nimble as a deer"; "nimble fingers"; "quick of foot"; "the old dog was so spry it was halfway up the stairs before we could stop it"

  5. quick, readyadjective

    apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity

    "a quick mind"; "a ready wit"

  6. immediate, prompt, quick, straightawayadjective

    performed with little or no delay

    "an immediate reply to my letter"; "a prompt reply"; "was quick to respond"; "a straightaway denial"

  7. quick, warmadverb

    easily aroused or excited

    "a quick temper"; "a warm temper"

  8. promptly, quickly, quickadverb

    with little or no delay

    "the rescue squad arrived promptly"; "come here, quick!"


  1. quicknoun

    raw or sensitive flesh, especially that underneath finger and toe nails.

  2. quickadverb

    to do with speed, quickly

  3. quickadjective

    Moving with speed, rapidity or swiftness, or capable of doing so; rapid; fast.

  4. quickadjective

    Occurring in a short time; happening or done rapidly.

    That was a quick meal.

  5. quickadjective

    Lively, fast-thinking, witty, intelligent.

    You have to be very quick to be able to compete in ad-lib theatrics.

  6. quickadjective

    Mentally agile, alert, perceptive.

    My father is old but he still has a quick wit.

  7. quickadjective

    Of temper: easily aroused to anger; quick-tempered.

  8. quickadjective

    Alive, living.

  9. quickadjective

    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.

  10. quickadjective

    Of water: flowing.

  11. quickadjective

    Burning, flammable, fiery.

  12. Etymology: From quik or quic, from cwic, from kwikwaz, from gʷih₃wós, from gʷey-. Cognate with Dutch kwiek, German keck, Swedish kvick; and (from Indo-European) with Ancient Greek, Latin vivus, Lithuanian gývas, Latvian dzivs, Russian, Irish biathaim, Kurdish jîn and jiyan.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. QUICKadjective

    Etymology: cwic , Saxon.

    They swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us. Psalm cxxiv. 3.

    If there be quick raw flesh in the risings, it is an old leprosy. Lev. xiii. 10.

    The quick and the dead. Common Prayer.

    As the sun makes; here noon, there day, there night
    Melts wax, dries clay, makes flow’rs, some quick, some dead. Davies.

    Thence shall come,
    When this world’s dissolution shall be ripe,
    With glory and pow’r to judge both quick and dead. John Milton.

    Prayers whereunto devout minds have added a piercing kind of brevity, thereby the better to express that quick and speedy expedition, wherewith ardent affections, the very wings of prayer, are delighted to present our suits in heaven. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 33.

    Oft he to her his charge of quick return
    Repeated. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ix.

    A man of great sagacity in business, and he preserved so great a vigour of mind even to his death, when near eighty, that some, who had known him in his younger years, did believe him to have much quicker parts in his age than before. Edward Hyde.

    A man must have passed his noviciate in sinning, before he comes to this, be he never so quick a proficient. South.

    The animal, which is first produced of an egg, is a blind and dull worm; but that which hath its resurrection thence, is a quick eyed, volatile and sprightly fly. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol.

  2. Quickadverb

    Nimbly; speedily; readily.

    Ready in gybes, quick answer’d, saucy, and
    As quarrellous as the weazel. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    This shall your understanding clear
    Those things from me that you shall hear,
    Conceiving much the quicker. Michael Drayton, Nymphid.

    They gave those complex ideas, that the things they were continually to give and receive information about, might be the easier and quicker understood. John Locke.

    This is done with little notice, if we consider how very quick the actions of the mind are performed, requiring not time, but many of them crowded into an instant. John Locke.

  3. Quicknoun

    Peeping close into the thick,
    Might see the moving of some quick,
    Whose shape appeared not;
    But were it fairy, fiend or snake,
    My courage earned it to wake,
    And manful thereat shot. Edmund Spenser.

    If Stanley held, that a son of king Edward had still the better right, it was to teach all England to say as much; and therefore that speech touched the quick. Francis Bacon.

    Seiz’d with sudden smart,
    Stung to the quick, he felt it at his heart. Dryden.

    The thoughts of this disgraceful composition so touches me to the quick, that I cannot sleep. John Arbuthnot, Hist. of J. Bull.

    Scarifying gangrenes, by several incisions down to the quick, is almost universal, and with reason, since it not only discharges a pernicious ichor, but makes way for topical applications. Samuel Sharp, Surgery.

    For inclosing of land, the most usual way is with a ditch and bank set with quick. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quick

    alive; living; animate; -- opposed to dead or inanimate

  2. Quick

    characterized by life or liveliness; animated; sprightly; agile; brisk; ready

  3. Quick

    speedy; hasty; swift; not slow; as, be quick

  4. Quick

    impatient; passionate; hasty; eager; eager; sharp; unceremonious; as, a quick temper

  5. Quick

    fresh; bracing; sharp; keen

  6. Quick

    sensitive; perceptive in a high degree; ready; as, a quick ear

  7. Quick

    pregnant; with child

  8. Quickadverb

    in a quick manner; quickly; promptly; rapidly; with haste; speedily; without delay; as, run quick; get back quick

  9. Quicknoun

    that which is quick, or alive; a living animal or plant; especially, the hawthorn, or other plants used in making a living hedge

  10. Quicknoun

    the life; the mortal point; a vital part; a part susceptible of serious injury or keen feeling; the sensitive living flesh; the part of a finger or toe to which the nail is attached; the tender emotions; as, to cut a finger nail to the quick; to thrust a sword to the quick, to taunt one to the quick; -- used figuratively

  11. Quicknoun

    quitch grass

  12. Quick

    to revive; to quicken; to be or become alive

  13. Etymology: [See Quicken.]


  1. Quick

    Quick is a defunct Dallas-Fort Worth area free weekly newspaper published from 2003 to 2011. As the name implies, it was delivered in a quick-to-read format: a tabloid ranging in page count from 20 to 40. It was available free each week on Thursdays from street teams and courtesy news racks at Dallas Area Rapid Transit rail stations, office buildings, and other busy locations throughout the Dallas area. Initially, Quick was a free daily paper that contained "quick hits" Of the daily top news stories, weather and sports. However, after declining readership and distribution issues began to plague the paper, it switched to a once a week format that highlighted entertainment and lifestyle offerings in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex such as music, movies and local dining aimed at the 18 to 40 age demographic. It was considered a direct competitor of another local entertainment/lifestyle guide, the Dallas Observer. Dallas Morning News officials announced on July 27, 2011, that Quick would cease publication with its August 4, 2011, issue. The publisher said it ended publication because the eight-year venture was ultimately unprofitable. Nine employees, including two part-timers, were laid off as a result.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quick

    kwik, adj. living: lively: speedy: nimble: ready: sensitive: hasty: pregnant: active, piercing.—adv. without delay: rapidly: soon.—n. a living animal or plant: the living: the living flesh: the sensitive parts: a hedge of some growing plant, quickset.—adj. Quick′-an′swered (Shak.), quick at giving an answer.—n. Quick′beam, the mountain-ash or rowan.—adj. Quick′-conceiv′ing, quick at conceiving or understanding.—v.t. Quick′en, to make quick or alive: to revive: to reinvigorate: to cheer: to excite: to sharpen: to hasten.—v.i. to become alive: to move with activity.—n. the couch or quitch-grass.—ns. Quick′ener, one who, or that which, reinvigorates; Quick′ening, the period in pregnancy when the mother first becomes conscious of the movement of the child—from the sixteenth or seventeenth week onwards.—adj. Quick′-eyed, having acute sight.—ns. Quick′-grass=Quitch-grass; Quick′-hedge, a hedge of living plants; Quick′lime, recently burnt lime, caustic and unslaked: carbonate of lime without its carbonic acid.—adv. Quick′ly.—ns. Quick′march (same as Quick′step); Quick′match (see Match); Quick′ness; Quick′sand, a movable sandbank in a sea, lake, &c., any large mass of sand saturated with water, often dangerous to travellers: anything treacherous.—adj. Quick′-scent′ed, having a keen scent.—n. Quick′set, a living plant set to grow for a hedge, particularly the hawthorn.—adj. consisting of living plants.—adj. Quick′-sight′ed, having quick or sharp sight: quick in discernment.—ns. Quick′-sight′edness, sharpness of sight or discernment; Quick′silver, the common name for fluid mercury, so called from its great mobility and its silvery colour.—v.t. to overlay or to treat with quicksilver.—adj. Quick′silvered.—ns. Quick′silvering, the mercury on the back of a mirror; Quick′step, a march in quick time: (mus.) a march written in military quick time.—adj. Quick′-tem′pered, irascible.—n. Quick′-wa′ter, a solution of nitrates of mercury and of gold, for water-gilding.—adj. Quick′-wit′ted, having ready wit.—ns. Quick′-wit′tedness; Quick′-work, the part of a ship under water when laden: the part of the inner upper-works of a ship above the covering board: the short planks worked inside between the ports: spirketting.—Some quick (Spens.), something alive. [A.S. cwic; Ice. kvikr, Goth. kwius, living; allied to L. vivus.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'quick' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2054

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'quick' in Written Corpus Frequency: #877

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'quick' in Adjectives Frequency: #192

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quick in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quick in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of quick in a Sentence

  1. Seth Jones:

    I don't think the sense of urgency and the hope for quick negotiations were really coming from Khalilzad or the negotiating team but were coming from the White House. It was the constraint the negotiators have been under. A quick turnaround on the negotiations will serve a political purpose because the election is coming up.

  2. Michele Roberts:

    It's not just a quick fix overnight. These communities are going to be breathing the same air for some time, people of color and the poor — that is who gets hit the hardest by this.

  3. Clive Standen:

    It doesn’t come from a vain point of view, I do it because Rollo is a berserker, when I’m the berserker it makes your blood boil and I want to do a quick blast of a workout before a take, because I want to look authentic. To physically scream and shout and get yourself into a berserker rage you need to get the blood pumping beforehand. It’s an ugly thing to go through.

  4. Marcus Canales:

    It was quick, once everything got reversed by the swipe of a pen, the floodgates were opened.

  5. Jonathan Smith:

    Firefighters' quick action and hard work in the early stages meant the fire was contained to the roof and saved the rest of the building, fire crews will remain at the scene throughout the morning.

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    easily diffused or spread as from one person to another
    • A. appellative
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    • C. ultimo
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