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. qȳvas, Russ. zhivoi, L.
vivus living, vivere to live, Gr. bi`os life,
Skr. jīva living, jīv to live. Cf.
Biography, Vivid, Quitch grass, Whitlow.]
1. Alive; living; animate; -- opposed to
dead or inanimate.
Not fully quyke, ne fully dead they
The Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick
and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom. 2 Tim.
Man is no star, but a quick coal Herbert.
Of mortal fire.
☞ In this sense the word is nearly obsolete, except in some
compounds, or in particular phrases.
2. Characterized by life or liveliness;
animated; sprightly; agile; brisk; ready. " A quick wit."
3. Speedy; hasty; swift; not slow; as, be
Oft he her his charge of quick return Milton.
4. Impatient; passionate; hasty; eager; eager;
sharp; unceremonious; as, a quick temper.
The bishop was somewhat quick with them, and
signified that he was much offended. Latimer.
5. Fresh; bracing; sharp; keen.
The air is quick there,
And it pierces and sharpens the stomach.
6. Sensitive; perceptive in a high degree;
ready; as, a quick ear. "To have an open ear, a
quick eye." Shak.
They say that women are so quick.
7. Pregnant; with child.
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
Syn. -- Speedy; expeditious; swift; rapid; hasty; prompt;
ready; active; brisk; nimble; fleet; alert; agile; lively;
Quick, v. t. & i. [See Quicken.]
To revive; to quicken; to be or become alive. [Obs.]
Quick, n. 1. That
which is quick, or alive; a living animal or plant; especially, the
hawthorn, or other plants used in making a living hedge.
The works . . . are curiously hedged with
2. The life; the mortal point; a vital part; a
part susceptible of serious injury or keen feeling; the sensitive
living flesh; the part of a finger or toe to which the nail is
attached; the tender emotions; as, to cut a finger nail to the
quick; to thrust a sword to the quick, to taunt one to
the quick; -- used figuratively.
This test nippeth, . . . this toucheth the
How feebly and unlike themselves they reason when they
come to the quick of the difference !
3. (Bot.) Quitch grass.
Quick (?), adv. In a quick manner;
quickly; promptly; rapidly; with haste; speedily; without delay; as,
run quick; get back quick.
If we consider how very quick the actions of the
mind are performed. Locke.