Meaning of QUICK in English

adj., adv., & n.


1. taking only a short time (a quick worker).

2 arriving after a short time, prompt (quick action; quick results).

3 with only a short interval (in quick succession).

4 lively, intelligent.

5 acute, alert (has a quick ear).

6 (of a temper) easily roused.

7 archaic living, alive (the quick and the dead).


1. quickly, at a rapid rate.

2 (as int.) come, go, etc., quickly.


1. the soft flesh below the nails, or the skin, or a sore.

2 the seat of feeling or emotion (cut to the quick).

Phrases and idioms:

be quick act quickly. quick-fire

1. (of repartee etc.) rapid.

2 firing shots in quick succession.


1. freeze (food) rapidly so as to preserve its natural qualities.

2 this process.

quick march Mil.

1. a march in quick time.

2 the command to begin this. quick one colloq. a drink taken quickly. quick step Mil. a step used in quick time (cf. QUICKSTEP). quick time Mil. marching at about 120 paces per minute.

quick trick Bridge

1. a trick in the first two rounds of a suit.

2 the card that should win this. quick with child archaic at a stage of pregnancy when movements of the foetus have been felt.


quickly adv. quickness n.

Etymology: OE cwic(u) alive f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.