- characterized by speed of motion; rapid; swift
- without delay; quick; prompt: a speedy reply
- Characterized by rapid motion; swift.
- Accomplished or arrived at without delay; prompt. See Synonyms at fast1.
From Middle English spedi, from Old English spÄ“diÄ¡ (“having good speed, lucky, prosperous; having means, wealthy, opulent, rich in material wealth; rich in, abounding in, abundant, plenteous, copious; powerful"), from Proto-Germanic *spÅdigaz (“successful, hurried"), equivalent to speed +"Ž -y. Cognate with Scots spedie (“speedy"), Dutch spoedig (“speedy, swift, rapid, quick"), German sputig, spudig (“industrious, speedy").