Definition of quick in English:

quick

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Pronunciation: /kwɪk
 
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adjective

1Moving fast or doing something in a short time: in the qualifying session he was two seconds quicker than his teammate [with infinitive]: he was always quick to point out her faults
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  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1Lasting or taking a short time: Brian gave her a quick look we went to the pub for a quick drink
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  • 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.
Synonyms
1.2Happening with little or no delay; prompt: children like to see quick results from their efforts
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  • 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.
Synonyms
sudden, instantaneous, immediate, instant, abrupt, sharp, precipitate, breakneck, headlong
2Prompt to understand, think, or learn; intelligent: it was quick of him to spot the mistake
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  • 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.
Synonyms
2.1(Of a person’s eye or ear) keenly perceptive; alert.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

adverb

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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!
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  • 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.

noun

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1 (the quick) The soft tender flesh below the growing part of a fingernail or toenail.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 dead
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  • 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.
3 Cricket, informal A fast bowler.
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  • All it took was a stare and a crook of the eyebrow from any one of the quartet of West Indian quicks in those days for the batsmen to know that a bowler was upset.
  • However, there is enough help for the seamers to persuade both teams to play three frontline quicks.
  • If Bridgetown's Kensington Oval was a fortress for the Caribbean quicks of the 1970s and 80s, Eden Park became the impenetrable battlefield of the lack-of-pace New Zealand attack in the World Cup.

Phrases

be quick off the mark

see mark1.

cut someone to the quick

Cause someone deep distress by a hurtful remark or action: she was cut to the quick by his accusation
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  • 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 and dirty

informal , chiefly US Makeshift; done or produced hastily: a quick and dirty synopsis of their work
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  • With regard to how these albums were made, Craig said that he is ‘a big believer in the quick and dirty.’
  • While mini-DV camcorders have nothing to fear from Canon's movie mode, it does provide a quick and dirty way to capture impromptu moments.
  • I give a quick and dirty translation below, which unfortunately doesn't preserve the rhyme, the meter, or much of the sensibility, but what can I do?

quick on the draw

see draw.

a quick one

informal A rapidly consumed alcoholic drink.
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  • See if you can spot the two I wrote when I was a bit drunk, after the third consecutive ‘oh, just a quick one then’ early evening session in the village pub with the usual suspects.
  • They are also non-refundable, so don't be tempted to have a quick one for Dutch courage before you set off; all climbers are stringently breathalysed!
  • Better make it a quick one - the last train leaves at 6: 35 pm.

quick with child

archaic At a stage of pregnancy when movements of the fetus have been felt.
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  • 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.

Derivatives

quickness

noun
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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.

Origin

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'.

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