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 (bios, “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”).
- 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.
- Occurring in a short time; happening or done rapidly.
- That was a quick meal.
- Lively, fast-thinking, witty, intelligent.
- You have to be very quick to be able to compete in ad-lib theatrics.
- Mentally agile, alert, perceptive.
- My father is old but he still has a quick wit.
- Of temper: easily aroused to anger; quick-tempered.
- The bishop was somewhat quick with them, and signified that he was much offended.
- (archaic) Alive, living.
- Bible, 2 Timothy iv. 1
- the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead
- 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.
- Bible, 2 Timothy iv. 1
- (archaic) Pregnant, especially at the stage where the foetus's movements can be felt; figuratively, alive with some emotion or feeling.
- she's quick; the child brags in her belly already: tis yours
- Of water: flowing.
- Burning, flammable, fiery.
- Fresh; bracing; sharp; keen.
- The air is quick there, / And it pierces and sharpens the stomach.
- (mining, of a vein of ore) productive; not "dead" or barren
- (moving with speed): slow
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- (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.
quick (plural quicks)
- raw or sensitive flesh, especially that underneath finger and toe nails.
- plants used in making a quickset hedge
- The works […] are curiously hedged with quick.
- The life; the mortal point; a vital part; a part susceptible to serious injury or keen feeling.
- This test nippeth, […] this toucheth the quick.
- How feebly and unlike themselves they reason when they come to the quick of the difference!
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Tennyson to this entry?)
- quick in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- quick in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
quick m (plural quicks)