Definition of swift in English:

Share this entry

swift

Pronunciation: /swift/

adjective

1Happening quickly or promptly: a remarkably swift recovery
More example sentences
  • Her eyes quickly made a swift sweep of the people in the room.
  • With his domestic problems and this illness, we all pray for a swift recovery.
  • If Myles is reading this, hope the op went well and wish a swift recovery, looking forward to getting you back on the golf course
Synonyms
prompt, rapid, sudden, immediate, instant, instantaneous;
abrupt, hasty, hurried, precipitate, headlong
1.1Moving or capable of moving at high speed: the water was very swift the swiftest horse in his stable
More example sentences
  • The beast is replaced with a thin, swift reptile that is capable taking sharp corners and hiding inside buildings.
  • White and pale camels are much preferred by the men as mounts, especially those which are swift moving, sleek and pleasant to the eye.
  • As one would expect, this is a very swift car, well capable of getting to 60 mph in less than six seconds and with a top speed beyond 150 mph.
Synonyms
fast, rapid, quick, speedy, high-speed, fast-paced, brisk, lively;
express, breakneck;
fleet-footed
informal nippy, supersonic

adverb

literary except in combination
Swiftly: streams that ran swift and clear a swift-acting poison

noun

1A swift-flying insectivorous bird with long slender wings and a superficial resemblance to a swallow, spending most of its life on the wing.
  • Family Apodidae: several genera and numerous species, including the common Eurasian swift (Apus apus)
Example sentences
  • The White-throated Swift is a large, slender swift with long wings and a narrow tail, usually held closed into a point.
  • Data gathered on the acceleration of swifts and swallows illustrate another compromise: Birds with low wing loading and high aspect ratio suffer from lower acceleration performance.
  • Swallows, swifts and nighthawks, all pursuing flying insects, fly erratically.
2 (also swift moth) A moth, typically yellow-brown in color, with fast darting flight. The eggs are scattered in flight and the larvae live underground feeding on roots, where they can be a serious pest.
  • Family Hepialidae: Hepialus and other genera
3A light, adjustable reel for holding a skein of silk or wool.
Example sentences
  • Illustrated in the book are other articles made in the Dominy shop for family use, such as a wooden bowl made of a burl from an apple tree and a swift to wind wool yarn.

Origin

Old English (as an adjective), from the Germanic base of Old English swīfan 'move in a course, sweep.' The bird name dates from the mid 17th century.

Words that rhyme with swift

adrift, drift, gift, grift, lift, rift, shift, shrift, sift, squiffed, thrift, uplift
Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.