quickquick1 /kwɪk/ ●●●S1W2 adjective (comparative quicker, superlative quickest)1short timeSHORT TIME lasting for or taking only a short timeThat was quick! I thought you’d be another hour.It’s probably quicker by train.Have we got time for a quick drink?What’s the quickest way to the station?We stopped to have a quick look at the church.Three bombs went off in quick succession (=quickly, one after the other).► see thesaurus at short2fast moving or doing something fastShe walked with short, quick steps.They were great people to work with – very quick, very efficient.Boxers have to be quick on their feet (=able to move about quickly).► see thesaurus at fast3no delaySOON happening very soon, without any delaySYN speedyI had to make a quick decision.We’ve put the house on the market and we’re hoping for a quick sale.We need a quick response from the government.Robertson’s quick thinking had saved the little girl’s life.4cleverSEINTELLIGENTable to learn and understand things fastJane’s very witty and very quick.She’s a quick learner.He’s a good interviewer, tough and quick on the uptake (=able to understand quickly what someone is saying).5 →be quick6 →be quick to do something7 →quick fix8 →have a quick temper9 →be quick on the draw —quickness noun [uncountable] →quicklyTHESAURUSquick taking only a short time to do somethingI took a quick look at the map.Do I have time for a quick shower before we go out?short lasting only a short timeYou can do a short course in diving.The meeting was shorter than I’d expected.brief especially written lasting only a short time. Brief is more formal than short, and is used especially in written EnglishThe president made a brief visit to Buenos Aires.a brief introduction to Piaget’s ideasa brief pause in the rainrapid especially written happening in a short period of time – used about changes, increases, improvements etca rapid increase in crimethe rapid rate of industrial developmentspeedy happening or done as quickly as possible, especially so that you get the result that you wantBest wishes for a speedy recovery.The restoration work has been making speedy progress.prompt done very soon after something elseThank you for your prompt reply.the prompt action of the firefightersDiscounts will be offered for prompt payment.hastydeciding or doing something very quickly, especially when this has bad resultsIt was a hasty decision, which he later regretted.They had to make a hasty departure.cursory formal looking at something very quickly without much attention to detailEven a cursory glance at these figures shows that there is a problem.The police conducted a cursory search of the property.
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quick• The beating McGee took was violent and quick.• She's very quick and able -- seems to pick things up in no time.• Craig was always quick at maths, but he had trouble with reading and writing.• Eventually, the consensus is, the bigger Dallas offensive line will wear down the quicker but smaller Pittsburgh players.• The quickcold made her skintighten.• I had to make a quickdecision.• That was quick -- have you finished already?• Carrie's very quick. I never had to explain anything twice.• She's going to give me a quicklesson on Feng Shui this afternoon.• I took a quick look at the map.• Don't make any quickmovements, or you'll scare the birds.• Could I just make a quickphone call?• Can I ask just one quick question?• The house is priced for a quicksale.• Even lowering the price won't guarantee a quick sale.• Do I have time for a quickshower before we go out?• I'll just take a quick shower first.• We had three children in quicksuccession, and no sparecash.• Three more followed, in quick succession.• His tribejoin him, five pairs, in lopingflight, then a quick tail-up dive into the damsons.• Some children in the class are quicker than others.• Such opportunities, however, were quick to disappear.• Chicken can be quick to prepare.• You'll have to be quick - we don't have much time.in quick succession• Another ex-Dragon Steve Clark then forcedWood to make two good savesin quick succession.• Double-click - A mouseprocedure where the left-hand mouse button is pressed twice in quick succession.• Her neediness drove her into marriage at a young age, and she gave birth to four children in quick succession.• Steelwork and the cladding followed in quick succession.• Three moves followed in quick succession.• Events moved in quick succession during these months.• I entered the woods just as three mortarexplosionsoccurredin quick succession, somewhere in the trees a short distance away.quick decision• In fact, being able to make quick decisions about a wholehost of issues becomes a necessity.• The overwhelmingtemptation and the externalpressures will inevitably lead the other way; to take a quick decision and move on.• They were both in banking, and were therefore used to making quick decisions and to having a lot of responsibility.• Finally, we know how often you need a quick decision before an opportunity disappears.• Parishcouncillors were forced into making a quick decision when the gypsies began to occupy the footballfield.quick learner• She was strong, nimble, and a quick learner.• A quick learner and a creativeentrepreneur, he was continually dreaming up new schemes to promote and enlarge the business.• Not only are leaderslearners, but they are quick learners and they enjoy learning.quickquick2 ●●●S1 interjectionHURRYused to tell someone to hurry or come quicklyQuick! We’ll miss the bus!quickquick3 ●●○S3 adverbFAST/QUICKquickly – many teachers think this is not correct EnglishSYN fastCome quick! Larry’s on TV!It all happened pretty quick.Quick as a flash (=very quickly) she replied, ‘That’s not what I’ve heard!’► see thesaurus at quickly
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quick• He was unbelievably quick, his hands, feet blurs in the high roofwind.• The end will come quick, in a matter of minutes.• You'll have to walk quicker than that if you want to keep up with me.Quick as a flash• It was an impulse. Quick as a flash.quickquick4 noun1 →the quick2 →cut/sting/pierce somebody to the quick3 →the quick and the deadFrom King Business Dictionaryquickquick /kwɪk/ adjectivequick and dirtyquick and dirty methods or solutions are simple ones that can be used quickly, especially until something better and more permanent can be decidedWe need a quick and dirty way to cut fuel costs.Originquick1Old Englishcwic“alive”quick41. (1500-1600) Probably from a Scandinavian language. 2. Old English → QUICK1