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Etymology[edit]

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 (bíos, 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).

Adjective[edit]

quick (comparative quicker, superlative quickest)

  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. Occurring 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.
    • Latimer
      The bishop was somewhat quick with them, and signified that he was much offended.
  6. (archaic) Alive, living.
    • Bible, 2 Timothy iv. 1
      the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead
    • Herbert
      Man is no star, but a quick coal / Of mortal fire.
    • 1874, James Thomson, The City of Dreadful Night, X
      The inmost oratory of my soul,
      Wherein thou ever dwellest quick or dead,
      Is black with grief eternal for thy sake.
  7. (archaic) Pregnant, especially at the stage where the foetus's movements can be felt; figuratively, alive with some emotion or feeling.
    • Shakespeare
      she's quick; the child brags in her belly already: tis yours
  8. Of water: flowing.
  9. Burning, flammable, fiery.
  10. Fresh; bracing; sharp; keen.
    • Shakespeare
      The air is quick there, / And it pierces and sharpens the stomach.
  11. (mining, of a vein of ore) productive; not "dead" or barren

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  • (moving with speed): slow

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Adverb[edit]

quick (comparative quicker, superlative quickest)

  1. (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.

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Noun[edit]

quick (plural quicks)

  1. raw or sensitive flesh, especially that underneath finger and toe nails.
  2. plants used in making a quickset hedge
    • Evelyn
      The works [] are curiously hedged with quick.
  3. The life; the mortal point; a vital part; a part susceptible to serious injury or keen feeling.
    • Latimer
      This test nippeth, [] this toucheth the quick.
    • Fuller
      How feebly and unlike themselves they reason when they come to the quick of the difference!
  4. quitchgrass
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Tennyson to this entry?)

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Noun[edit]

quick m (plural quicks)

  1. quick waltz

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