Quickest
Quick Quick, a. [Compar. {Quicker}; superl. {Quickest}.] [As. cwic, cwicu, cwucu, cucu, living; akin to OS. quik, D. kwik, OHG. quec, chec, G. keck bold, lively, Icel. kvikr living, Goth. qius, Lith. q[=y]vas, Russ. zhivoi, L. vivus living, vivere to live, Gr. bi`os life, Skr. j[=i]va living, j[=i]v to live. Cf. {Biography}, {Vivid}, {Quitch grass}, {Whitlow}.] 1. Alive; living; animate; -- opposed to {dead} or {inanimate}. [1913 Webster]

Not fully quyke, ne fully dead they were. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom. --2 Tim. iv. 1. [1913 Webster]

Man is no star, but a quick coal Of mortal fire. -- Herbert. [1913 Webster]

Note: In this sense the word is nearly obsolete, except in some compounds, or in particular phrases. [1913 Webster]

2. Characterized by life or liveliness; animated; sprightly; agile; brisk; ready. `` A quick wit.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Speedy; hasty; swift; not slow; as, be quick. [1913 Webster]

Oft he her his charge of quick return Repeated. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. Impatient; passionate; hasty; eager; eager; sharp; unceremonious; as, a quick temper. [1913 Webster]

The bishop was somewhat quick with them, and signified that he was much offended. -- Latimer. [1913 Webster]

5. Fresh; bracing; sharp; keen. [1913 Webster]

The air is quick there, And it pierces and sharpens the stomach. -- Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. Sensitive; perceptive in a high degree; ready; as, a quick ear. ``To have an open ear, a quick eye.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

They say that women are so quick. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

7. Pregnant; with child. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Quick grass}. (Bot.) See {Quitch grass}.

{Quick match}. See under {Match}.

{Quick vein} (Mining), a vein of ore which is productive, not barren.

{Quick vinegar}, vinegar made by allowing a weak solution of alcohol to trickle slowly over shavings or other porous material.

{Quick water}, quicksilver water.

{Quick with child}, pregnant with a living child. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Speedy; expeditious; swift; rapid; hasty; prompt; ready; active; brisk; nimble; fleet; alert; agile; lively; sprightly. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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