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From Middle English quykly, quikliche, quicliche, cwikliche, cwickliche, from Old English cwiculīċe, equivalent to quick +‎ -ly.


  • IPA(key): /ˈkwɪkli/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪkli


quickly (comparative quicklier or more quickly, superlative quickliest or most quickly)

  1. Rapidly; with speed; fast.
  2. Very soon.
    • 2011 November 3, Chris Bevan, “Rubin Kazan 1 - 0 Tottenham”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Another Karadeniz cross led to Cudicini's first save of the night, with the Spurs keeper making up for a weak punch by brilliantly pushing away Christian Noboa's snap-shot.
      Two more top-class stops followed quickly afterwards, first from Natcho's rasping shot which was heading into the top corner, and then to deny Ryazantsev at his near post.
    If we go this way, we'll get there quickly.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Although the comparative (quicklier) and superlative (quickliest) one-word forms exist and are and have been in limited use, the two-word forms (more quickly and most quickly) are much more common.

Related terms[edit]

  • quick (adjective and adverb)