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From Middle English spedy, spedi, from Old English spēdiġ (having good speed, lucky, prosperous; having means, wealthy, opulent, rich in material wealth; rich in, abounding in, abundant, plenteous, copious; powerful), from Proto-Germanic *spōdigaz (successful, hurried), equivalent to speed +‎ -y. Cognate with Scots spedie (speedy), Dutch spoedig (speedy, swift, rapid, quick), German sputig, spudig (industrious, speedy).


  • IPA(key): /ˈspiː.di/
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  • Rhymes: -iːdi


speedy (comparative speedier, superlative speediest)

  1. Rapid; swift.
    • 1961 October, ""Voyageur"", “The Cockermouth, Keswick & Penrith Railway”, in Trains Illustrated, page 598:
      After some quite speedy constructional work the line was opened to traffic on January 2, 1865.


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speedy (third-person singular simple present speedies, present participle speedying, simple past and past participle speedied)

  1. (transitive) To process in a faster than normal, accelerated way.
    • 1647, {uncredited}, Journals of the House of Lords - Volume 10 - Page 389
      " [] the Treaty between the King and the Parliament may be speedied; and that Care may be taken, to prevent the casting of the Two Kingdoms into War and Blood."
    • 1871, The Mauritius Reports (page 46)
      [] for the purpose of proceeding to the immediate sale of the goods under seizure, with the view of speedying the exercise of their rights on the proceeds of the sale of the goods seized.
  2. (transitive, Wiktionary and WMF jargon) To apply the speedy rule in an online community (often the deletion rule); to speedy delete.
    The guy is *not* so obviously insignificant that speedying him is appropriate.