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Definition of swift in English:


1Happening quickly or promptly: a remarkably swift recovery
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  • 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
prompt, rapid, sudden, immediate, instant, instantaneous, without delay, ready, punctual;
abrupt, unhesitating, hasty, hurried, precipitate, headlong
informal p.d.q. (pretty damn quick)
rapid, quick, brisk, lively, speedy, fast, high-speed, expeditious, express, breakneck, meteoric, whirlwind
informal spanking, nippy
1.1Moving or capable of moving at high speed: the water was very swift the swiftest horse in his stable
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  • 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.
fast, rapid, quick, speedy, fleet-footed, fleet, swift as an arrow, like the wind, like lightning
literary winged, flying
informal nippy, supersonic


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Swiftly: streams which ran swift and very clear a swift-acting poison


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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, in particular the common Eurasian swift (Apus apus)
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  • 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 colour, 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.
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  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈswɪftli/
Example sentences
  • Now my first instinct was to declare it immediately cool and pass swiftly on.
  • She immediately and swiftly reached her own house, using her copy of the key to get into the house.
  • He leaned against a pillar until the line had cleared and swiftly strode to the guard.
promptly, immediately, instantly, instantaneously, without delay, post-haste, in a flash, in a trice, in the wink of an eye, in an instant, in no time (at all);
readily, punctually, meteorically;
suddenly, abruptly, unhesitatingly, hastily, hurriedly, precipitately, headlong
informal before you can say Jack Robinson, before you can say knife, like a shot, like greased lightning, at warp speed, p.d.q. (pretty damn quick), lickety-split, in a jiff/jiffy, pronto, in less than no time
rapidly, quickly, fast, speedily, briskly, at high speed, at full tilt, like the wind, like lightning, at breakneck speed, as fast as one's legs can carry one, as swift as an arrow
informal double quick, nippily, like the clappers
literary apace
Pronunciation: /ˈswɪftnəs/
Example sentences
  • There has been an impressive swiftness in the way certain clubs are showing themselves willing to invest in home-grown personnel.
  • The reaction to Wayne's comments came with the usual swiftness one might expect in today's atmosphere of political correctness.
  • More than the skill, it was the attitude and swiftness with which the students carried themselves, that dominated the show.
speed, speediness, quickness, velocity, celerity, fleetness, fastness, rapidity, rapidness, liveliness
informal nippiness
suddenness, abruptness, instantaneity, rapidity, rapidness, haste, hastiness, briskness, hurriedness, hurry
promptness, immediateness, immediacy, instantaneousness, rapidity, rapidness, dispatch, punctuality;
alacrity, expeditiousness, readiness, willingness


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
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