adjective, quicker, quickest.
done, proceeding, or occurring with promptness or rapidity, as an action, process, etc.; prompt; immediate:
a quick response.
that is over or completed within a short interval of time:
a quick shower.
moving, or able to move, with speed:
a quick fox; a quick train.
swift or rapid, as motion:
a quick flick of the wrist.
easily provoked or excited; hasty:
a quick temper.
keenly responsive; lively; acute:
a quick wit.
acting with swiftness or rapidity:
a quick worker.
prompt or swift to do something:
quick to respond.
prompt to perceive; sensitive:
a quick eye.
prompt to understand, learn, etc.; of ready intelligence:
a quick student.
(of a bend or curve) sharp:
a quick bend in the road.
consisting of living plants:
a quick pot of flowers.
brisk, as fire, flames, heat, etc.
the quick and the dead.
the tender, sensitive flesh of the living body, especially that under the nails:
nails bitten down to the quick.
the vital or most important part.
adverb, quicker, quickest.
cut to the quick, to injure deeply; hurt the feelings of:
Their callous treatment cut her to the quick.
(of an action, movement, etc) performed or occurring during a comparatively short time: a quick move
lasting a comparatively short time; brief: a quick flight
accomplishing something in a time that is shorter than normal: a quick worker
characterized by rapidity of movement; swift or fast: a quick walker
immediate or prompt: a quick reply
(postpositive) eager or ready to perform (an action): quick to criticize
responsive to stimulation; perceptive or alert; lively: a quick eye
eager or enthusiastic for learning: a quick intelligence
easily excited or aroused: a quick temper
skilfully swift or nimble in one’s movements or actions; deft: quick fingers
(archaic or dialect) lively or eager: a quick dog
(of a fire) burning briskly
composed of living plants: a quick hedge
(dialect) (of sand) lacking firmness through being wet
(archaic) quick with child, pregnant, esp being in an advanced state of pregnancy, when the movements of the fetus can be felt
any area of living flesh that is highly sensitive to pain or touch, esp that under a toenail or fingernail or around a healing wound
the vital or most important part (of a thing)
short for quickset (sense 1)
cut someone to the quick, to hurt someone’s feelings deeply; offend gravely
in a rapid or speedy manner; swiftly
soon: I hope he comes quick
a command requiring the hearer to perform an action immediately or in as short a time as possible
c.1200, “state of being alive,” from quick (adj.) + -ness. Early 15c. as “alacrity;” mid-15c. as “readiness of perception.”
Old English cwic “living, alive, animate,” and figuratively, of mental qualities, “rapid, ready,” from Proto-Germanic *kwikwaz (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian quik, Old Norse kvikr “living, alive,” Dutch kwik “lively, bright, sprightly,” Old High German quec “lively,” German keck “bold”), from PIE root *gweie- “to live” (see bio-). Sense of “lively, swift” developed by late 12c., on notion of “full of life.”
NE swift or the now more common fast may apply to rapid motion of any duration, while in quick (in accordance with its original sense of ‘live, lively’) there is a notion of ‘sudden’ or ‘soon over.’ We speak of a fast horse or runner in a race, a quick starter but not a quick horse. A somewhat similar feeling may distinguish NHG schnell and rasch or it may be more a matter of local preference. [Buck]
Of persons, “mentally active,” from late 15c. Also in Middle English used of soft soils, gravel pits, etc. where the ground is shifting and yielding (mid-14c., cf. quicksand). As an adverb from c.1300. To be quick about something is from 1937. Quick buck is from 1946, American English. Quick-change artist (1886) originally was an actor expert in playing different roles in the same performance of a show. Quick-witted is from 1520s.
“living persons,” Old English cwic, from quick (adj.); frequently paired with the dead, e.g. Old English cwicum & deadum. The quick “tender part of the flesh” (under a nail, etc.) is from 1520s, as is the figurative use of it.
Sensitive or raw exposed flesh, as under the fingernails. adj. quick·er, quick·est
- Quick off the mark
Fast to start or try something, as in This physician is quick off the mark in trying the newest medications. This expression comes from various kinds of races, where mark indicates the starting point. It was being used figuratively from the mid-1900s on.
- Quick response
noun 1. (marketing) the rapid replenishment of a customer’s stock by a supplier with direct access to data from the customer’s point of sale
[kwik-sand] /ˈkwɪkˌsænd/ noun 1. a bed of soft or loose sand saturated with water and having considerable depth, yielding under weight and therefore tending to suck down any object resting on its surface. /ˈkwɪkˌsænd/ noun 1. a deep mass of loose wet sand that submerges anything on top of it n. c.1300, from Middle English […]
[kwik-set] /ˈkwɪkˌsɛt/ noun, Chiefly British. 1. a plant or cutting, especially of hawthorn, to grow, as in a hedge. 2. such plants collectively. 3. a hedge of such plants. adjective 4. formed of quickset, or of growing plants. /ˈkwɪkˌsɛt/ noun 1. 2. a hedge composed of such plants adjective 3. composed of such plants adj. […]
[kwik-set-ing] /ˈkwɪkˈsɛt ɪŋ/ adjective 1. setting quickly, as a cement, paint, or gelatin.