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-West Germanic *kwik(k)w, 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), Northern Kurdish jîn (to live), jiyan (life), giyan (soul), can (soul), Sanskrit जीव (jīva, living), Albanian nxit (to urge, stimulate). Doublet of jiva.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kwɪk/, [kw̥ɪk]
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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.
    He is wont to be rather quick of temper when tired.
    • 1549, Hugh Latimer, The Sixth Sermon Preached Before King Edward, April 6 1549
      The bishop was somewhat quick with them, and signified that he was much offended.
  6. (archaic) Alive, living.
  7. (archaic) Pregnant, especially at the stage where the foetus's movements can be felt; figuratively, alive with some emotion or feeling.
  8. Of water: flowing.
  9. Burning, flammable, fiery.
  10. Fresh; bracing; sharp; keen.
  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. Quickly, in a quick manner.
    Get rich quick.
    Come here, quick!

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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
    • 1641, John Evelyn, diary entry September 1641
      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.
    • 1550, Hugh Latimer, Sermon Preached at Stamford, 9 October 1550
      This test nippeth, [] this toucheth the quick.
    • 1655, Thomas Fuller, Church-History of Britain
      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.
    • 1917', Thomas Hardy, At the Word 'Farewell
      I rose as if quicked by a spur I was bound to obey.

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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-West Germanic *kwik(k)w, 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
    • 1899, Theodor Fontane, chapter 12, in Der Stechlin:
      Die Wirtin des Hauses, Frau Hagelversicherungssekretär Schickedanz, hätte diesen gelegentlichen Aufenthalt der Nichte Hartwigs eigentlich beanstanden müssen, ließ es aber gehen, weil Hedwig ein heiteres, quickes und sehr anstelliges Ding war und manches besaß, was die Schickedanz mit der Ungehörigkeit des ewigen Dienstwechsels wieder aussöhnte.
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  • Much more common than the simplex is the pleonastic compound quicklebendig.

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