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 delay syn 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.
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 English syn 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