(colloquial) With speed, quickly.
- those who are alive; the living
Other Word Forms of Quick
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Quick
- the quick
Origin of Quick
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").
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
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