Origin of quicksandMiddle English quykkesand: see quick and sand
- Sand that is mixed with water in a collected mass and yields easily to pressure so that objects on its surface tend to sink and become engulfed.
- often quicksands A place or situation into which entry can be swift and sudden but from which extrication can be difficult or impossible: “This theory of the future entrapped [them] in the quicksands of Vietnam” ( Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. )
Origin of quicksandMiddle English quyksond living sand quick, quyk living ; see quick . sand, sond sand ; see sand .
(countable and uncountable, plural quicksands)
From Middle English quyksande, from Old English cwecesand (“quicksand"), from Proto-Germanic *kwikwaz (“living, active") + Proto-Germanic *samdaz, *samdÄ… (“sand"), equivalent to quick (“living") +"Ž sand. Cognate with Dutch kwikzand (“quicksand"), German Quicksand (“quicksand"), Icelandic kwiksandur, kviksyndi (“quicksand"). More at quick, sand.