- The definition of quick is someone or something which is prompt or swift.
An example of quick is the speed of the movement of a hummingbird's wings.
Quick is the motion of a hummingbird's wings.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- Archaic living; alive
- rapid; swift: a quick walk
- done with promptness; prompt: a quick reply
- acting swiftly: a quick worker
- lasting only a moment: a quick look
- prompt to understand or learn: a quick mind
- sensitive; acutely perceptive: a quick sense of smell
- easily stirred; fiery: a quick temper
- sharply curved: a quick turn
- Archaic pregnant
Origin: Middle English quik, lively, alive from Old English cwicu, living: see bio-
- the living, esp. in
- the sensitive flesh under a toenail or fingernail
- the deepest feelings or sensibilities: cut to the quick by the insult
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adjective quick·er, quick·est
- Moving or functioning rapidly and energetically; speedy.
- Learning, thinking, or understanding with speed and dexterity; bright: a quick mind.
- a. Perceiving or responding with speed and sensitivity; keen.b. Reacting immediately and sharply: a quick temper.
- a. Occurring, achieved, or acquired in a relatively brief period of time: a quick rise through the ranks; a quick profit.b. Done or occurring immediately: a quick inspection. See Synonyms at fast1.
- Tending to react hastily: quick to find fault.
- Archaic a. Alive.b. Pregnant.
- Sensitive or raw exposed flesh, as under the fingernails.
- The most personal and sensitive aspect of the emotions.
- The living: the quick and the dead.
- The vital core; the essence: got to the quick of the matter.
Origin: Middle English, alive, lively, quick, from Old English cwicu, alive; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.
- quickˈly adverb
- quickˈness noun
quick - Medical Definition