Quick meaning

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Moving or functioning rapidly and energetically; speedy.

An animal that is quick enough to escape most predators.

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Learning, thinking, or understanding with speed and dexterity; bright.

A quick mind.

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The most personal and sensitive aspect of the emotions.

The remark cut her to the quick.

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Sensitive or raw exposed flesh, as under the fingernails.
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Tending to react hastily.

Quick to find fault.

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The living.

The quick and the dead.

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Quickly; rapidly.
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Quickly; promptly.
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(archaic) Living; alive.
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Lasting only a moment.

A quick look.

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Sharply curved.

A quick turn.

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Lively, fast-thinking, witty, intelligent.

You have to be very quick to be able to compete in ad-lib theatrics.

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Mentally agile, alert, perceptive.

My father is old but he still has a quick wit.

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Easily stirred; fiery.

A quick temper.

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(archaic) Pregnant.
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The sensitive flesh under a toenail or fingernail.
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The deepest feelings or sensibilities.

Cut to the quick by the insult.

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(archaic) To animate; invigorate.
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Sensitive or raw exposed flesh, as under the fingernails.
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Pregnant.
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Alive.
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Moving with speed, rapidity or swiftness, or capable of doing so; rapid; fast.

I ran to the station - but I wasn't quick enough.

He's a quick runner.

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Occurring in a short time; happening or done rapidly.

That was a quick meal.

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Of temper: easily aroused to anger; quick-tempered.
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(archaic) Alive, living.
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(archaic) Pregnant, especially at the stage where the foetus's movements can be felt; figuratively, alive with some emotion or feeling.
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Of water: flowing.
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Burning, flammable, fiery.
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Fresh; bracing; sharp; keen.
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(colloquial) With speed, quickly.

Get rich quick.

Come here, quick!

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Raw or sensitive flesh, especially that underneath finger and toe nails.
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Plants used in making a quickset hedge.
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The life; the mortal point; a vital part; a part susceptible to serious injury or keen feeling.
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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.

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The vital core; the essence.

Got to the quick of the matter.

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Sensitive; acutely perceptive.

A quick sense of smell.

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the quick
  • those who are alive; the living
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the quick

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").

    From Wiktionary