Definition of quick with child in English:

quick with child


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

    • ‘By the present Law, this offence is divided into two classes: the capital offence being where the woman shall be quick with child.’
    • ‘A woman is usually considered to be ‘quick‘with child around the fourth month of pregnancy.’
    • ‘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.’