quick Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “quick” - English Dictionary

"quick" in American English

See all translations

quickadjective [-er/-est only]

us   /kwɪk/
done, happening, or moving fast; lasting only a short time: She cast a quick glance in the mirror. You’re back already – that was quick! He made a quick profit. [+ to infinitive] John was quick to point out the error.
quick
adverb us   /kwɪk/
not standard We bought it quick, before someone else could.
quick
exclamation us   /kwɪk/
Quick! Close the door before the dog gets out!
quickly
adverb us   /ˈkwɪk·li/
Emergency workers were on the scene quickly.
quickness
noun [U] us   /ˈkwɪk·nəs/
She moves with quickness, balance, and grace.
(Definition of quick from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"quick" in British English

See all translations

quickadjective

uk   /kwɪk/ us   /kwɪk/
A2 happening or done with great speed, or lasting only a short time: It's a quick journey. I had a quick coffee and left the house. I only had time for a quick glance at the paper this morning. He scored three goals in quick succession (= one after the other in a short time). Could I have a quick word (= speak to you for a short time)? Quick as lightning (= very quickly), he snatched the book and ran out of the room.
A1 doing something fast: I tried to catch him but he was too quick for me.
be quick to do sth
to do something fast, sometimes too fast: She was quick to point out that it wasn't her fault.
B1 used to describe someone who is clever and understands or notices things quickly: She was quick at understanding what we wanted her to do. He has a quick mind. Donna's quick thinking (= ability to solve problems with speed) averted what could have been a disaster.
See also
a quick study US informal
someone who is able to learn things quickly: He's a quick study and easily grasps all the details of a discussion.
quick and dirty
produced quickly and therefore not perfect: The original solution was admittedly quick and dirty. a quick and dirty way to evaluate an investment

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

quickness
noun [U] /ˈkwɪk.nəs/ /ˈkwɪk.nəs/
the quickness of his movements her quickness to understand

quickexclamation

uk   /kwɪk/ us   /kwɪk/

quickadverb

/kwɪk/ /kwɪk/ /kwɪk/ NOT STANDARD

quicknoun [U]

uk   /kwɪk/ us   /kwɪk/
(Definition of quick from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “quick”
in Korean 빠른…
in Arabic سَريع…
in Malaysian cepat…
in French rapide…
in Russian быстрый, короткий…
in Chinese (Traditional) 快的,迅速的, 短暫的, 反應快的…
in Italian rapido, veloce…
in Turkish çabuk, hızlı, hemen yapılan…
in Polish szybki…
in Spanish rápido…
in Vietnamese mau chóng, nhanh, giỏi…
in Portuguese rápido…
in Thai รวดเร็ว, ที่ว่องไว, ฉับไว…
in German schnell…
in Catalan ràpid…
in Japanese 速い, 迅速な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 快的,迅速的, 短暂的, 反应快的…
in Indonesian cepat…
What is the pronunciation of quick?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

ray

a narrow beam of light, heat, etc. travelling in a straight line from its place of origin

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More