Definition of quick in English:

quick

adjective

  • 1Moving fast or doing something in a short time.

    ‘in the qualifying session he was two seconds quicker than his teammate’
    [with infinitive] ‘he was always quick to point out her faults’
    • ‘This is not to say that problems do not occur, though eBay is quick to state that any such happenings are few and far between.’
    • ‘I am easily provoked, and rather vicious when my toe is stepped on, but I'm quick to cool down and fast to reasoning.’
    • ‘They are a fine team with very fast and quick forwards and they are pressing for the top place in the group and if they beat us they will do that.’
    • ‘They can even catch a bird in free flight, so that's how quick they are.’
    • ‘Another aspect of Swedish business success is that the country's firms are quick to recut their cloth to suit changing times.’
    • ‘Mathias was a quick learner, in just a short time he could perform the kicks satisfactorily.’
    • ‘If you suffer from either type of sinusitis, our quick fixes offer fast relief.’
    • ‘Other nations were quick to emulate Ecuador's experiment, but few have enjoyed the same success.’
    • ‘Mrs Young said the secret of her success behind the bar was quick mental arithmetic which helped her to keep track of the orders without the help of a cash till.’
    • ‘While being quick and fast, those involved in the relief and rescue work should maintain their temper, he noted.’
    • ‘They also need to be quick on their feet and incredibly alert and aware.’
    • ‘And they were also quick to slam high-spending pop stars and other celebrities who they said were a bad example to youngsters.’
    • ‘Keep the defence tight, and when on offence, I want to see quick feet and fast passing.’
    • ‘Best wishes to Eilish Marren who sustained a broken ankle recently and we wish her a speedy recovery and a quick return to the playing field.’
    • ‘Despite a two-and-a-half hour rain delay, Williams was quick off the blocks, racing to a 4-lead in the first set.’
    • ‘To both her credit and her detriment, Nora has learned to not be quick to judge people.’
    • ‘We've got excellent linebackers because of the speed there, and we're fast and quick up front.’
    • ‘You take swift decisions and make quick changes when situations are tense and demanding.’
    • ‘With electric gates which can be operated from either end of the pit cows make a quick entry and a fast exit.’
    • ‘The city was saddened by the news of Terry's closure and readers were quick to suggest alternative uses for the factory site.’
    fast, swift, rapid, speedy, high-speed, expeditious
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    1. 1.1Lasting or taking a short time.
      ‘Brian gave her a quick look’
      ‘we went to the pub for a quick drink’
      • ‘Nosing into the wave, called purling, will usually result in your quick exit from the board.’
      • ‘The set was two and a half hours of music with a twenty-minute interval for drinks and some quick reprogramming of the lights and video projectors.’
      • ‘She headed for the cyber café to do a quick search and learn a thing or two.’
      • ‘The Orkney squad lost three quick tries at the start of the game, resulting in a half-time score of 22-5.’
      • ‘As the room swirled and tumbled around him, Fleet caught only a few quick glimpses of what happened next.’
      • ‘Meticulous copy editing may be another impediment to the quick dissemination of results.’
      • ‘She had made just two quick trips home to Indianapolis during that time.’
      • ‘But a quick word with the proprietor of the local service station reassured me otherwise.’
      • ‘They're relatively simple and quick quests that result in very little gain in terms of experience points.’
      • ‘These quick tender biscuits go with just about any prairie meal.’
      • ‘We were supposed to be having ‘a quick drink’, but it ended up being dinner for about eight and the bar actually ran out of wine.’
      • ‘Before looking at the results, let's do a quick recap on what happens in the formation of an embryo.’
      • ‘After landing aboard the ship, we board a fast speed boat for the quick ride to the terminal.’
      • ‘Bails was tired but met for a quick drink after work.’
      • ‘A quick test shows this happens with enough browsers to make it funny (I didn't find one that worked).’
      • ‘So we will take a quick look at Pi Fast, which, as the name suggests calculates Pi to as many digits as you want.’
      • ‘There are no quick fixes for the grief and anguish after the death of a loved one.’
      • ‘Finally, a quick look at what happened in Scotland in April.’
      • ‘Rearranging the gallery is one way to stay busy, and one that can result in quick sales.’
      • ‘However, a succession of penalty corners from Aldridge resulted in two quick goals and suddenly the game was slipping away again.’
    2. 1.2Happening with little or no delay; prompt.
      ‘children like to see quick results from their efforts’
      • ‘Pests should be controlled with a quick shot to the head or fast acting poison.’
      • ‘Materials are sold off to earn a quick Kwacha and the result is people continue wallow in poverty.’
      • ‘His military skills resulted in quick promotion in Carranza's constitutional army.’
      • ‘It is seen as the least dangerous of the notorious cobra family but its bite can still cause rapid death without quick intervention.’
      • ‘A quick response by police resulted in the swift arrest of two youths.’
      • ‘A skin test is usually done first because it is quick and straightforward.’
      • ‘However if we want a quick result on a short session they are ideal.’
      • ‘I still think the basic motivation behind this is valid, but the result personally is a quick burnout.’
      • ‘With its simple colour scheme and one page layout it is designed for fast downloading and quick access to new material.’
      • ‘The result is quick response both around town and on the open road, plus levels of fuel efficiency and economy that rate at the top of the class.’
      • ‘They began to price land and they began to open up for investments and for trade, which led to quick results.’
      • ‘She instead gives the reader quick snapshots as fast as the events she describes.’
      • ‘When an accident happens a quick response may be necessary to keep an injury from becoming a fatality.’
      • ‘Remember these fish are fast and spooky, you have to make quick accurate casts, often into a twenty knot wind.’
      • ‘Four children, three boys and a girl, were born in fairly quick succession.’
      • ‘My business would not offer a return for several years, whereas Bob was promising a relatively quick buck.’
      • ‘Women tend to want quick results if they're working alone, and they are more likely to give up in a few weeks if they don't see real progress.’
      • ‘Part of the myth is that it's easy, quick, fast money, but there are always strings attached.’
      • ‘It looks like the new fast track to quick money is being a test user.’
      • ‘Low-intensity warfare of this kind does not bring quick results and much of the work is low-key, repetitive and painstaking.’
  • 2Prompt to understand, think, or learn; intelligent.

    ‘it was quick of him to spot the mistake’
    • ‘Even with her intelligent and quick mind, she could come up with no way of getting to her dagger.’
    • ‘‘He's pretty quick on the uptake,’ she replied.’
    • ‘He was a terrific actor and he also had a very quick brain.’
    • ‘However, their quick wits and intelligence often brings them through, and they may make a fortune from nothing.’
    • ‘With its quick intelligence, it has no trouble learning its name and how to use a litter box.’
    • ‘I am quick to learn, and incredibly hard working, but I'm a bit of a loner and would need a competent team for support.’
    • ‘A quick student, she memorised entire scripts and soon learned how to cry or laugh on command.’
    • ‘Joseph early in life learned that quick wit would get him through.’
    • ‘Andy Reid is a marvellous player; skilful, intelligent, and quick in thought and action.’
    • ‘In college, my quick wit and intelligence made up for whatever I lacked in dedication.’
    • ‘But in private, it was clear that this guy was very smart, very quick to learn.’
    • ‘He is able to use his wit, he's able to use his quick thinking in very sharp and tactically, even brilliant, ways.’
    • ‘He is a pioneer with an astute intellect and has a quick wit.’
    • ‘Endowed with a keen sense of perception, they also have quick minds.’
    • ‘So, being quick and bright, she explains that she meant ‘hard-working people’.’
    • ‘He was quick to learn and was literate in both English and Irish and had a good understanding of the Brehan law.’
    • ‘His brilliant blue eyes always twinkled brightly, he was smart and a quick thinker.’
    • ‘‘Why?’ David asked, sounding a bit stupid, for his usually quick intellect was a bit slowed by the recent events.’
    • ‘Jo was clever, cunning, intelligent, very quick, and could see things which other people couldn't.’
    • ‘You realise professional goals with intelligence, quick thinking and good management.’
    intelligent, bright, clever, gifted, able, brilliant, astute, quick-witted, sharp-witted, ready, quick off the mark
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    1. 2.1(of a person's eye or ear) keenly perceptive; alert.
      • ‘Sherlock Holmes's quick eye took in my occupation, and he shook his head with a smile as he noticed my questioning glances.’
      • ‘Other worthies pilloried him for his strokeplay, dismissing the values of strength and quick eye in favour of grace and beauty.’
      • ‘He signaled secretly to his gang, but the cold man's quick eye caught everything.’
      • ‘Her bearing has turned to reserve, her normally quick eyes dull and watery.’
      • ‘Ivan Denisovich's quick eye allows him to cut in front of another prisoner for a serving tray.’
      • ‘The bounce was even and true, and Agarkar, with his quick eye, could do no wrong under such circumstances.’
      • ‘Possessing a quick eye, and sly about it, they never let slip an opportunity or an advantage when it comes their way.’
      • ‘She was about to say something but her quick eyes had caught the mass of women slowly stalking toward them.’
      • ‘Blaze sat looking out the window for some time, her quick eyes darting along the part of the street she could see from the window.’
      • ‘Making money in this segment will require careful management and a quick eye on micro-trends.’
    2. 2.2(of a person's temper) easily roused.
      • ‘You can be rather selfish, though, and a partner needs to be able to deal with your quick temper and impulsive tantrums.’
      • ‘Contrary to popular belief, Marla did not have a quick temper, she was simply angry all the time.’
      • ‘Helena had a quick temper but rarely flew into a true rage.’
      • ‘He was in trouble for vandalism and had a notoriously quick temper.’
      • ‘He was replaced by Frank Joklik, a former mine boss with a quick temper.’
      • ‘Some of his prickliness was an expression of offended authority, but much of it also had to do with his own quick temper.’
      • ‘If one trusts the cuttings - there are tales of files being thrown at unfortunate juniors - Stevens has a quick temper.’
      • ‘I had a quick temper, and my way of controlling it was to avoid responding or talking to people.’
      • ‘Troy Stevenson, a murderer, was formerly a big man in the drug business with a quick temper and a bigger attitude.’
      • ‘The defence say that the defendant is a peaceable, non-violent man, who did not have a quick temper.’
      • ‘Age and size are a bad mix, and Brown has a quick temper and slow feet to boot.’
      • ‘To her finer qualities must be added a quick temper and considerable hauteur, more readily apparent to the Chinese than to most foreigners.’
      • ‘Denise has little concept of humility, and allows her quick temper to interfere with her common sense.’
      • ‘Mary, who never received any domestic training from her mother at home, marries Jack, a business executive with a quick temper.’
      • ‘Now I realized that it was his cold anger that I feared, and not his quick temper.’
      • ‘In this novel, Beverly Lamark is a successful mystery writer with a quick temper and acerbic wit.’
      • ‘Normally, he was quite calm and quiet, but he had a quick temper that subsided as easily as it came.’
      • ‘They know her and her flaws - a quick temper, a dicey sexual past - too well for that.’
      • ‘Her mother, for instance, with her high blood pressure, her quick temper, is obviously choleric.’
      • ‘I have a quick temper which can flare up and be over in seconds, which makes me rueful, but at least provides bystanders with entertainment.’

adverb

informal
  • At a fast rate; quickly.

    ‘he'll find some place where he can make money quicker’
    [as exclamation] ‘Get out, quick!’
    • ‘I have to admit that I don't learn new things as quick as I do 10 years ago.’
    • ‘I got away quick, which was down to the nerves, the aggression, the excitement and the adrenalin.’
    • ‘This promises to be an uplifting and exciting concert, but tickets will sell fast so get in quick.’
    • ‘Her heart beat quick as she ran into the office and lifted the shade to witness the flood.’
    • ‘The smart lines drop in fast and quick, with some great gags that click two seconds after you think they should.’
    • ‘I adapted pretty quick to it so it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.’
    • ‘So get your ducks quick as they are flying out of the place.’
    • ‘"I thought to myself I could have held a little more depth and got there a bit quicker.’
    • ‘It would take off real quick in a straight line, then seem to turn 90 degrees, then up and down and left and right.’
    • ‘I'd like to point out - most people are talking about how quick you need to do this.’
    • ‘How quick we have forgotten the sacrifice demanded of those whose homes and communities that stood in the way of the inner relief folly.’
    • ‘' Since then I've started swinging the ball away and got a bit quicker as well.’
    • ‘But trading standards staff are warning that there is no guarantee of getting rich quick or even getting your original stake back.’
    • ‘One word: grow up quick or seek therapy as soon as possible.’
    • ‘Exxon and Shell say if we don't do something quick the 2004 convention sponsorship deal is off.’
    • ‘When he drew it back real quick he stabbed himself in the neck with it.’
    • ‘The world was a blur around us and if I tried to focus outside the circle of movement, I got a headache pretty quick.’
    • ‘And it is that a company can play quick and fast with procedural rules, and escape action.’
    • ‘Watching my mum being a single parent made me grow up quick and taught me to not rush things in life.’
    • ‘People don't realise how critical that is because if you come in and something's not quite right you get exposed real quick, as you can see with the newer guys.’

noun

  • 1The soft tender flesh below the growing part of a fingernail or toenail.

    • ‘You'll enjoy the movie if your idea of a good time is sitting glued to the edge of your seat chewing your fingernails down to the quick.’
    • ‘This will prevent the quick from growing too long and prevent the nail from bleeding.’
    • ‘As she packed, I saw her hands and her once beautiful nails were bitten to the quick.’
    • ‘I am at this moment being vetted for my suitability as interviewer and my nails are bitten to the quick.’
    • ‘The water will help soften the baby's toenails so they trim easily and without snapping off at the quick.’
    • ‘All over Britain, parental nails are being chewed down to the quick.’
    • ‘I removed my hand from my mouth when I realized I had chewed my fingernail down to the bleeding quick.’
    • ‘It doesn't exactly hurt when they dig but it is uncomfortable like when you chew a nail down to the quick.’
    • ‘If you cut into the quick, the claw will bleed and the cat will experience pain.’
    • ‘Their hands were inspected, nails cut to the quick if polish was found.’
    • ‘And all from a little British film, with a tiny £2 million budget which was cut to the quick.’
    1. 1.1The central or most sensitive part of someone or something.
      • ‘Its implications cut to the quick of the British constitution.’
      • ‘It cuts to straight to the quick of this most sinister tale, using just two actors on a bare stage to tell of a man divided and torn between his good and evil nature.’
      • ‘I didn't agree with the statement, but I did think it clever and amusing, cutting to the quick of what a particular type of web usage is all about.’
      • ‘The vote or die campaign that was launched by young Afro and white Americans stung the heartland of America to the quick.’
      • ‘This seemingly ‘technical’ issue in many ways cuts to the quick of electronic nonlinearity.’
      • ‘It neutralises the whining about failing to address the issue because it cuts to the quick.’
      • ‘Finally someone's cutting right to the quick of a very important subject that's all too often ignored.’
      • ‘Stung to the quick by allegations our banner graphic looked very 1994, we've done a bit of a redesign here.’
      • ‘Stoll is a clean, clear writer, and his short dispatches cut to the quick.’
      • ‘The PRSI changes cut to the quick of a constituency that she and her party hold dear.’
  • 2archaic Those who are living.

    ‘the quick and the dead’
    • ‘From the salvation of the dead we move to the healing of the quick.’
    • ‘This law renders willful killing of an unborn ‘quick’ child by any injury to the mother of the child to be manslaughter.’
    • ‘They will die as you died, in the footsteps of the dead that were quick.’
  • 3Cricket
    informal A fast bowler.

    • ‘We've had three quicks that have done a great job all season.’
    • ‘However, the selectors opted for the established quicks.’
    • ‘However, there is enough help for the seamers to persuade both teams to play three frontline quicks.’
    • ‘All it took was a stare and a crook of the eyebrow from any one of the quartet of West Indian quicks in those days for the batsmen to know that a bowler was upset.’
    • ‘If Bridgetown's Kensington Oval was a fortress for the Caribbean quicks of the 1970s and 80s, Eden Park became the impenetrable battlefield of the lack-of-pace New Zealand attack in the World Cup.’

Phrases

  • be quick off the mark

  • cut someone to the quick

    • Cause someone deep distress by a hurtful remark or action.

      ‘she was cut to the quick by his accusation’
      • ‘If there was one thing Joe Cartwright couldn't take it was being ignored, and if the townspeople had set out to cut him to the quick then they had certainly done a good job of it.’
      • ‘Many of Billington's criticisms have clearly cut Nunn to the quick.’
      • ‘His words cut her to the quick, but this time she knew exactly why.’
      • ‘Hearing the answer either way would likely cut him to the quick.’
      • ‘The mocking tone was slight, but it cut Maple to the quick.’
      • ‘I was about to open my mouth to say something but he cut me to the quick.’
      • ‘But when she opened The Independent the other day, she was cut to the quick.’
      • ‘Gleason's flamboyancy would have cut Buk to the quick.’
      • ‘‘I understand,’ Jack tried, but this girl cut him to the quick.’
      • ‘She brushes past him, her heart pounding with the effort it took to keep from blurting out something about Daphne that would really cut him to the quick.’
  • (as) quick as a flash

    • (especially of a person's response or reaction) very quickly.

      ‘quick as a flash he was at her side’
      • ‘‘You saved the best till last,’ replies the candidate, quick as a flash.’
      • ‘Then, quick as a flash, something smashed the window and flew across the room, making her jump involuntarily.’
      • ‘As quick as a flash, Arthur jumped on one of the bikes and turned the ignition key.’
      • ‘As quick as a flash, he pulled a gun from his backpack.’
      • ‘The gray cat jumped a few good inches off the ground in surprise and ran quick as a flash into the adjoining bathroom, skidding slightly on the tiles.’
      • ‘The lights were bright, the chorus and orchestra deafening, the adrenaline pumping, the action frantic and then, as quick as a flash, it was all over.’
      • ‘She reveals she buys all her own clothes for work, ‘although I never pay full price,’ she adds, quick as a flash.’
      • ‘If they'd have let her come with us, she'd have been on that boat as quick as a flash.’
      • ‘As quick as a flash, his eyes darted to Stevie, and he said: ‘Does that mean we have to call you Gerry now?’’
      • ‘But as the ball bounced up the youngster, as quick as a flash, hooked it over his shoulder.’
  • quick on the draw

    • 1Very fast in taking one's gun from its holster.

      • ‘The worst corporate bandits are still likely to face a sheriff who's quick on the draw.’
      • ‘Trench, ever quick on the draw, drew a shotgun out of his trench-coat and quickly pointed it at the abomination in their midst.’
      • ‘The tourists who lost their lives were just two in thousands; the policeman, a bit quick on the draw, no doubt and on the trigger too, was acting in defense of his own daughter and over-reacted, but can he really be blamed?’
      1. 1.1Very fast in acting or reacting.
        • ‘The local sheriff's office was not exactly quick on the draw and so nothing was done.’
        • ‘Whether a suitable retort from a Scottish nationalist would be the nodding of his head, or whether he would be quicker on the draw with two fingers might be a moot point.’
        • ‘Eddie's hip, raw, and quick on the draw in his routine, meshing together the best of real life and news into a topical and funny performance.’
        • ‘He obviously learned from past mistakes when he was too quick on the draw in dismissing three former senators.’
        • ‘He is friendly, enthusiastic and extremely quick on the draw, with a deep, booming voice.’
        • ‘I'm surprised the conclusion was not that docs should be quicker on the draw so there would be no time for second thoughts.’
        • ‘Experience and necessity - so many books, so little time - have made Ms. Hensley quick on the draw.’
        • ‘You've got to be very quick on the draw, because a horse can stumble leaving the gate, and you got plan A. All of a sudden, because of the break or the bad break, you have to go to plan B, and you've got to be able to adjust very quickly.’
        • ‘If that is so, let's hope that the Western world is quicker on the draw than North Korea or Iran.’
        • ‘Many denunciations were defensive; there was a feeling that one had to be quick on the draw to survive.’
  • a quick one

    • informal A rapidly consumed alcoholic drink.

      • ‘It's interesting how, other than Miami, our list of favourite sleaze-pits and dens of iniquity seems remarkably similar to our list of favourite places to grab a quick one with pals.’
      • ‘Rather than sit around that whole time looking stupid, some bassists decided to sneak offstage and go to the tavern next door for a quick one.’
      • ‘‘All sounds very technical,’ I said ‘You going to pop down the Lion for a quick one after?’’
      • ‘I'm off to the bar for a quick one.… Taoiseach, wake up.’
      • ‘Better make it a quick one - the last train leaves at 6: 35 pm.’
      • ‘It was just a quick one in the leisure centre bar, up by the observation gallery.’
      • ‘So I arranged with them to meet them in town before work, whether at the show or at a pub for a quick one.’
      • ‘They are also non-refundable, so don't be tempted to have a quick one for Dutch courage before you set off; all climbers are stringently breathalysed!’
      • ‘See if you can spot the two I wrote when I was a bit drunk, after the third consecutive ‘oh, just a quick one then’ early evening session in the village pub with the usual suspects.’
      • ‘I'm not talking about them letting you have a quick one in the back while they're cleaning up.’
  • quick with child

    • archaic At a stage of pregnancy when movements of the fetus have been felt.

      • ‘A woman is usually considered to be ‘quick‘with child around the fourth month of pregnancy.’
      • ‘By the present Law, this offence is divided into two classes: the capital offence being where the woman shall be quick with child.’
      • ‘In the criminal context, women convicted of capital crimes were permitted to plead that they were quick with child, and to have this claim tested by a group of six women.’

Origin

Old English cwic, cwicu ‘alive, animated, alert’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kwiek sprightly and German keck saucy, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin vivus alive and Greek bios, zōē life.

Pronunciation:

quick

/kwɪk/