- 1Moving fast or doing something in a short time: some children are particularly quick learners I was much quicker than he was and held him at bay for several laps [with infinitive]: he was always quick to point out her faultsMore example sentences
- They are a fine team with very fast and quick forwards and they are pressing for the top place in the group and if they beat us they will do that.
- With electric gates which can be operated from either end of the pit cows make a quick entry and a fast exit.
- While being quick and fast, those involved in the relief and rescue work should maintain their temper, he noted.
- 1.1Lasting or taking a short time: she took a quick look through the drawers we went to the pub for a quick drinkMore example sentences
- Bails was tired but met for a quick drink after work.
- We were supposed to be having ‘a quick drink’, but it ended up being dinner for about eight and the bar actually ran out of wine.
- The set was two and a half hours of music with a twenty-minute interval for drinks and some quick reprogramming of the lights and video projectors.
- 1.2Happening with little or no delay: prompt: children like to see quick results from their effortsMore example sentences
- However if we want a quick result on a short session they are ideal.
- The result is quick response both around town and on the open road, plus levels of fuel efficiency and economy that rate at the top of the class.
- Low-intensity warfare of this kind does not bring quick results and much of the work is low-key, repetitive and painstaking.
- 2(Of a person) prompt to understand, think, or learn; intelligent: it was quick of him to spot the mistakeMore example sentences
- But in private, it was clear that this guy was very smart, very quick to learn.
- With its quick intelligence, it has no trouble learning its name and how to use a litter box.
- Joseph early in life learned that quick wit would get him through.
- 2.1(Of a person’s eye or ear) keenly perceptive; alert.More example sentences
- Her bearing has turned to reserve, her normally quick eyes dull and watery.
- Making money in this segment will require careful management and a quick eye on micro-trends.
- He signaled secretly to his gang, but the cold man's quick eye caught everything.
- 2.2(Of a person’s temper) easily roused.More example sentences
- Normally, he was quite calm and quiet, but he had a quick temper that subsided as easily as it came.
- You can be rather selfish, though, and a partner needs to be able to deal with your quick temper and impulsive tantrums.
- Now I realized that it was his cold anger that I feared, and not his quick temper.
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- At a fast rate; quickly: he’ll find some place where he can make money quicker [as exclamation]: Get out, quick!More example sentences
- Exxon and Shell say if we don't do something quick the 2004 convention sponsorship deal is off.
- So get your ducks quick as they are flying out of the place.
- How quick we have forgotten the sacrifice demanded of those whose homes and communities that stood in the way of the inner relief folly.
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- 1 (the quick) The soft, tender flesh below the growing part of a fingernail or toenail.More example sentences
- You'll enjoy the movie if your idea of a good time is sitting glued to the edge of your seat chewing your fingernails down to the quick.
- This will prevent the quick from growing too long and prevent the nail from bleeding.
- As she packed, I saw her hands and her once beautiful nails were bitten to the quick.
- 1.1The central or most sensitive part of someone or something.More example sentences
- It cuts to straight to the quick of this most sinister tale, using just two actors on a bare stage to tell of a man divided and torn between his good and evil nature.
- Its implications cut to the quick of the British constitution.
- It neutralises the whining about failing to address the issue because it cuts to the quick.
- 2 (as plural noun the quick) • archaic Those who are living: the quick and the deadMore example sentences
- They will die as you died, in the footsteps of the dead that were quick.
- From the salvation of the dead we move to the healing of the quick.
- This law renders willful killing of an unborn ‘quick’ child by any injury to the mother of the child to be manslaughter.
cut someone to the quick
- Cause someone deep distress by a hurtful remark or action.More example sentences
- The mocking tone was slight, but it cut Maple to the quick.
- But when she opened The Independent the other day, she was cut to the quick.
- Gleason's flamboyancy would have cut Buk to the quick.
(as) quick as a flash
- see flash1.
quick on the draw
- see draw.
quick with child
- • archaic At a stage of pregnancy when movements of the fetus have been felt.More example sentences
- By the present Law, this offence is divided into two classes: the capital offence being where the woman shall be quick with child.
- In the criminal context, women convicted of capital crimes were permitted to plead that they were quick with child, and to have this claim tested by a group of six women.
- A woman is usually considered to be ‘quick‘with child around the fourth month of pregnancy.
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- He gets by on quickness and athletic ability, skills that might be starting to fade.
- What he lacks in size he makes up for with smarts, speed, quickness and tackling ability.
- I'm impressed with the ActiveWords discussion board and the quickness of the tech staff.
Old English cwic, cwicu 'alive, animated, alert', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kwiek 'sprightly' and German keck 'saucy', from an Indo-European root shared by Latin vivus 'alive' and Greek bios, zōē 'life'.