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Dictionary Definition

quick adj
1 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" [syn: speedy]
2 hurried and brief; "paid a flying visit"; "took a flying glance at the book"; "a quick inspection"; "a fast visit" [syn: flying, fast]
3 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" [syn: agile, nimble, spry]
4 apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity; "a quick mind"; "a ready wit" [syn: ready]
5 performed with little or no delay; "an immediate reply to my letter"; "prompt obedience"; "was quick to respond"; "a straightaway denial" [syn: immediate, prompt, straightaway]
6 easily aroused or excited; "a quick temper"; "a warm temper" [syn: warm] n : any area of the body that is highly sensitive to pain (as the flesh underneath the skin or a fingernail or toenail) adv : with little or no delay; "the rescue squad arrived promptly"; "come here, quick!" [syn: promptly, quickly]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /kwɪk/
  • Rhymes: -ɪk


Old English cwic, from Germanic *|kwikwa-, from *|gʷih₃u̯os, from *|gʷei-. Cognate with Dutch kwiek, German keck, Swedish kvick; and (from Indo-European) with Greek sc=Grek, Latin vivus, Lithuanian gývas, Latvian dzivs, Russian sc=Cyrl, Irish biathaim.


en-adj er
  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.
  2. Occuring 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.
  5. Of temper: easily aroused to anger; quick-tempered.
  6. Alive, living.
    The quick and the dead.
  7. 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.
  8. Of water: flowing.
  9. Burning, flammable, fiery.


moving with speed
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: (kuài)
  • Dutch: snel, vlug, rap
  • Finnish: nopea, vikkelä
  • French: rapide
  • German: schnell, geschwind, rasch
  • Hungarian: gyors
  • Icelandic: fljótur
  • Irish: luath
  • Italian: rapido
  • Japanese: 速い, はやい
  • Korean: 빠른 (ppareun)
  • Kurdish:
  • Norwegian: rask, kvikk
  • Portuguese: rápido, ligeiro
  • Russian: быстрый
  • Spanish: rápido
  • Swedish: snabb snabbt , rapp rappt
occurring in a short time
lively, witty
mentally agile, perceptive
easily aroused to anger
  • Finnish: äkkipikainen
  • Russian: вспыльчивый
  • Finnish: elävä
  • German: quicklebendig
  • Norwegian: frisk og rask (literally healthy and quick)
  • Russian: живой (živoj)
burning, fiery


en-adv er
  1. quickly
    get rich quick
    come here, quick!


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

Related terms


sensitive flesh


Extensive Definition

Quick may refer to:
In people:
In music:
quick in Arabic: كويك
quick in German: Quick
quick in French: Quick
quick in Dutch: Quick

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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