quick

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English quik, quic, from Old English cwic (alive), from Proto-Germanic *kwikwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷih₃wós (alive), from *gʷeyh₃- (to live), *gʷeih₃w- (to live). Cognate with Dutch kwik, kwiek, German keck, Swedish kvick; and (from Indo-European) with Ancient Greek βίος (bíos, life), Latin vivus, Lithuanian gývas (alive), Latvian dzīvs (alive), Russian живо́й (živój), Welsh byw (alive), Irish beo (alive), biathaigh (feed), Kurdish jîn (to live), jiyan (life), giyan (soul), can (soul), Sanskrit जीव (jīva, living), Albanian nxit (to urge, stimulate).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kwɪk/, [kʰw̥ɪk]
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  • Rhymes: -ɪk

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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Latimer and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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
    • (Can we date this quote by Herbert and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Shakespeare and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Shakespeare and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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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Antonyms[edit]

  • (moving with speed): slow

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Adverb[edit]

quick (comparative quicker, superlative quickest)

  1. Quickly, in a quick manner.
    Get rich quick.
    Come here, quick!
    • (Can we date this quote by John Locke and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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
    • (Can we date this quote by Evelyn and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Latimer and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      This test nippeth, [] this toucheth the quick.
    • (Can we date this quote by Fuller and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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?)
  5. (cricket) A fast bowler.

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Verb[edit]

quick (third-person singular simple present quicks, present participle quicking, simple past and past participle quicked)

  1. (transitive) To amalgamate surfaces prior to gilding or silvering by dipping them into a solution of mercury in nitric acid.
  2. (transitive, archaic, poetic) To quicken.
    • (Can we date this quote by Thomas Hardy and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      I rose as if quicked by a spur I was bound to obey.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English.

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Noun[edit]

quick m (plural quicks)

  1. quick waltz

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle Low German quick, from Old Saxon quik, from Proto-Germanic *kwikwaz; also a Central Franconian form. Doublet of keck, which see for more.

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Adjective[edit]

quick (comparative quicker, superlative am quicksten)

  1. (rather rare, dated) lively

Usage notes[edit]

  • Much more common than the simplex is the pleonastic compound quicklebendig.

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