WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
quick /kwɪk/USA pronunciation   adj. and adv.,  -er, -est, n. 
    1. done, proceeding, or occurring with promptness or rapidity:a quick response.
    2. completed in a short time:took a quick shower.
    3. moving or able to move with speed:the quick rabbit.
    4. easily aroused:a quick temper.
    5. keen;
      acute:a quick wit.
    6. prompt or swift in doing, seeing, or understanding:quick to respond.
    7. sharp:a quick bend in the road.

    1. the quick, [plural;  used with a plural verb][Archaic.]living persons:the quick and the dead.
    2. [uncountable] the sensitive flesh of the living body, esp. that under the nails.

    1. in a quick manner;
      quickly:come quick.
    1. cut (someone) to the quick, [cut + object + to + the + ~] to injure deeply;
      hurt the feelings of.

quick•ly, adv. 
quick•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
quick  (kwik),USA pronunciation  adj.,  -er, -est, n., adv.,  -er, -est.— adj. 
  1. done, proceeding, or occurring with promptness or rapidity, as an action, process, etc.;
    immediate:a quick response.
  2. that is over or completed within a short interval of time:a quick shower.
  3. moving, or able to move, with speed:a quick fox; a quick train.
  4. swift or rapid, as motion:a quick flick of the wrist.
  5. easily provoked or excited;
    hasty:a quick temper.
  6. keenly responsive;
    acute:a quick wit.
  7. acting with swiftness or rapidity:a quick worker.
  8. prompt or swift to do something:quick to respond.
  9. prompt to perceive;
    sensitive:a quick eye.
  10. prompt to understand, learn, etc.;
    of ready intelligence:a quick student.
  11. (of a bend or curve) sharp:a quick bend in the road.
  12. consisting of living plants:a quick pot of flowers.
  13. brisk, as fire, flames, heat, etc.
  14. [Archaic.]
    • endowed with life.
    • having a high degree of vigor, energy, or activity.

  1. living persons:the quick and the dead.
  2. the tender, sensitive flesh of the living body, esp. that under the nails:nails bitten down to the quick.
  3. the vital or most important part.
  4. [Chiefly Brit.]
    • a line of shrubs or plants, esp. of hawthorn, forming a hedge.
    • a single shrub or plant in such a hedge.
  5. cut to the quick, to injure deeply;
    hurt the feelings of:Their callous treatment cut her to the quick.

  1. quickly.
quickness, n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English quik lively, moving, swift; Old English cwic, cwicu living; cognate with Old Saxon quik, German queck, keck, Old Norse kvikr; akin to Latin vīvus living (see vital), Sanskrit jivas living, Greek bíos life (see bio-), zoé̄ animal life (see zoo-)
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fleet, expeditious.
      Quick, fast, swift, rapid describe speedy tempo.
      Quick applies particularly to something practically instantaneous, an action or reaction, perhaps, of very brief duration:to give a quick look around; to take a quick walk.Fast and
      swift refer to actions, movements, etc., that continue for a time, and usually to those that are uninterrupted;
      when used of communication, transportation, and the like, they suggest a definite goal and a continuous trip.
      Swift, the more formal word, suggests the greater speed:a fast train; a swift message.Rapid, less speedy than the others, applies to a rate of movement or action, and usually to a series of actions or movements, related or unrelated:rapid calculation; a rapid walker.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged abrupt, curt, short, precipitate.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged nimble, agile, brisk.
    • 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  sharp. 
    • 1, 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged slow.
    The difference between the adverbial forms quick and quickly is frequently stylistic. Quick is more often used in short spoken sentences, especially imperative ones:Come quick! The chimney is on fire.Quickly is the usual form in writing, both in the preverb position (We quickly realized that attempts to negotiate would be futile) and following verbs other than imperatives (She turned quickly and left). See also  slow, sure. 

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quick /kwɪk/ adj
  1. (of an action, movement, etc) performed or occurring during a comparatively short time: a quick move
  2. lasting a comparatively short time; brief
  3. accomplishing something in a time that is shorter than normal: a quick worker
  4. characterized by rapidity of movement; swift or fast
  5. immediate or prompt
  6. (postpositive) eager or ready to perform (an action): quick to criticize
  7. responsive to stimulation; perceptive or alert; lively
  8. eager or enthusiastic for learning
  9. easily excited or aroused
  10. skilfully swift or nimble in one's movements or actions; deft: quick fingers
  11. archaic alive; living
  12. (as noun) living people (esp in the phrase the quick and the dead)
  13. quick with childarchaic pregnant, esp being in an advanced state of pregnancy, when the movements of the fetus can be felt
  1. 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
  2. the vital or most important part (of a thing)
  3. cut someone to the quickto hurt someone's feelings deeply; offend gravely
adv informal
  1. in a rapid or speedy manner; swiftly
  2. soon: I hope he comes quick
  1. a command requiring the hearer to perform an action immediately or in as short a time as possible
Etymology: Old English cwicu living; related to Old Saxon quik, Old High German queck, Old Norse kvikr alive, Latin vīvus alive, Greek bios life

ˈquickly adv ˈquickness n

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