Meaning of QUICK in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ kwɪk ]

( quicker, quickest)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


Someone or something that is quick moves or does things with great speed.

You’ll have to be quick. The flight leaves in about three hours...

I think I’m a reasonably quick learner...

≠ slow


• quick‧ly

Cussane worked quickly and methodically...

≠ slowly

ADV : ADV with v

• quick‧ness

...the natural quickness of his mind.



Quicker is sometimes used to mean ‘at a greater speed’, and quickest to mean ‘at the greatest speed’. Quick is sometimes used to mean ‘with great speed’. Some people consider this to be non-standard. ( INFORMAL )

Warm the sugar slightly first to make it dissolve quicker...

ADV : ADV after v


Something that is quick takes or lasts only a short time.

He took one last quick look about the room...

Although this recipe looks long, it is actually very quick to prepare...


• quick‧ly

You can become fitter quite quickly and easily.

ADV : ADV with v


Quick means happening without delay or with very little delay.

These investors feel the need to make quick profits.

= speedy

ADJ : usu ADJ n

• quick‧ly

It quickly became the most popular men’s fragrance in the world...

ADV : ADV with v


Quick is sometimes used to mean ‘with very little delay’. ( INFORMAL )

I got away as quick as I could...

ADV : ADV after v


If you are quick to do something, you do not hesitate to do it.

Mark says the ideas are Katie’s own, and is quick to praise her talent...

ADJ : v-link ADJ , usu ADJ to-inf


If someone has a quick temper, they are easily made angry.



If something cuts you to the quick , it makes you feel very upset. ( LITERARY )

I once heard her weeping in her bedroom, which cut me to the quick.

PHRASE : V inflects


quick as a flash: see flash

quick off the mark: see mark

quick on the uptake: see uptake

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