An animal that is quick enough to escape most predators.
A quick mind.
The remark cut her to the quick.
Quick to find fault.
The quick and the dead.
A quick look.
A quick turn.
You have to be very quick to be able to compete in ad-lib theatrics.
My father is old but he still has a quick wit.
A quick temper.
Cut to the quick by the insult.
That was a quick meal.
Get rich quick.
Come here, quick!
An example of quick is the speed of the movement of a hummingbird's wings.
Got to the quick of the matter.
A quick sense of smell.
- those who are alive; the living
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of quick
- Middle English alive, lively, quick from Old English cwicu alive gwei- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English quik or quic, from Old English cwic (“alive"), from Proto-Germanic *kwikwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gÊ·ih₃wós (“alive"), from *gÊ·ey- (“to live"), *gÊ·eih₃w- (“to live"). Cognate with Dutch kwik and kwiek, German keck, Swedish kvick; and (from Indo-European) with Ancient Greek βίος (bios, “life"), Latin vivus, Lithuanian gývas (“alive"), Latvian dzÄ«vs (“alive"), Russian живой (živoj), Welsh byw (“alive"), Irish beo (“alive"), biathaim (“nourish"), Kurdish jîn (“to live") and jiyan (“life"), giyan (“soul"), can (“soul"), Sanskrit जीव (jÄ«va, “living").