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From Middle English swiftly, swyftely, swiftliche, from Old English swiftlīċe (swiftly), equivalent to swift +‎ -ly.


  • IPA(key): /ˈswɪftli/
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swiftly (comparative swiftlier or more swiftly, superlative swiftliest or most swiftly)

  1. In a swift manner; quickly; with quick motion or velocity; fleetly.
    • 1930, Norman Lindsay, Redheap, Sydney, N.S.W.: Ure Smith, published 1965, →OCLC, page 21:
      Mrs. Piper cut short these piracies by swiftly removing his spoon.
    • 1999, Linda Flavell, Roger Flavell, “1066[:] The Normans Begin to Erect Castles”, in dictionary of english down through the ages[:] words & phrases born out of historical events great & small, 2005 edition, London: Kyle Cathie Limited, →ISBN, page 17:
      Strategic sites in even the remotest regions of the kingdom were swiftly fortified using forced labour.
    • 2011 September 2, Phil McNulty, “Bulgaria 0-3 England”, in BBC[1]:
      [T]he early hostility of the Bulgarian supporters was swiftly subdued.