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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Quick
  1. Alive; living; animate; -- opposed to dead or inanimate."Not fully quyke, ne fully dead they were." [Chaucer.]"The Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom." [2 Tim. iv. 1.]"Man is no star, but a quick coal Of mortal fire." [ Herbert.]
  2. Characterized by life or liveliness; animated; sprightly; agile; brisk; ready."A quickwit." [Shak.]
  3. Speedy; hasty; swift; not slow; as, be quick ."Oft he her his charge of quick return Repeated." [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." [ Shak.]
  6. Sensitive; perceptive in a high degree; ready; as, a quick ear."To have an open ear, a quickeye." [Shak.]"They say that women are so quick." [Tennyson.]
  7. Pregnant; with child.
    synonyms: Speedy; expeditious; swift; rapid; hasty; prompt; ready; active; brisk; nimble; fleet; alert; agile; lively; sprightly.

Note: ☞ In this sense the word is nearly obsolete, except in some compounds, or in particular phrases.

Etymology: 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

adverb Quick
In a quick manner; quickly; promptly; rapidly; with haste; speedily; without delay; as, run quick; get back quick.
noun Quick
  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 quick." [Evelyn.]
  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 quick." [Latimer.]"How feebly and unlike themselves they reason when they come to the quick of the difference !" [Fuller.]
  3. [Bot] Quitch grass.
verb Quick
To revive; to quicken; to be or become alive.

Etymology: See Quicken

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any area of the body that is highly sensitive to pain (as the flesh underneath the skin or a fingernail or toenail)
  2. Moving quickly and lightly ("quick of foot")
  3. Easily aroused or excited ("a quick temper")
  4. Performed with little or no delay ("was quick to respond")
  5. Accomplished rapidly and without delay ("was quick to make friends" and "his quick reaction prevented an accident")
  6. Hurried and brief ("a quick inspection")
  7. Apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity ("a quick mind")
  8. With little or no delay ("come here, quick!")

From Middle English quik or quic, from Old English cwic (“alive”), from Proto-Germanic *kwikwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷih₃wós (“alive”), from *gʷeyh₃- (“to live”), *gʷeih₃w- (“to live”). Cognate with Dutch kwik and kwiek, German keck, Swedish kvick; and (from Indo-European) with Ancient Greek βίος (bíos, “life”), Latin vivus, Lithuanian gývas (“alive”), Latvian dzīvs (“alive”), Russian живо́й (živój), Welsh byw (“alive”), Irish beo (“alive”), biathaim (“nourish”), Kurdish jîn (“to live”) and jiyan (“life”), giyan (“soul”), can (“soul”), Sanskrit जीव (jīva, “living”).

  1. raw or sensitive flesh, especially that underneath finger and toe nails.
  2. plants used in making a quickset hedge
  3. The life; the mortal point; a vital part; a part susceptible to serious injury or keen feeling.
  4. quitchgrass
  5. (cricket) A fast bowler.

quick was also found in the following language(s): French and German

Notable Persons Named Quick

Quick Draw McGraw is a sheriff. Quick is also known as [[#El KaBong.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Quick

Diana Quick is an actress and actor. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1958 to present. Diana was given the name Diana Marilyn Quick on November 23rd, 1946 in London, England, UK.


Rebecca Quick is a cnbc's squawk box co-anchor, former writer, and squawk box. Rebecca was born on July 18th, 1972 in Minneapolis.


Jonathan Quick is a hockey player for the Los Angeles Kings in the National Hockey League. He has had major accomplishments since 2007. Jonathan was born on January 21st, 1986 in Milford, Connecticut.


Brian Quick is an athlete for the Los Angeles Rams. He has had major accomplishments since 2012. Brian was born on June 5th, 1989 in Columbia, South Carolina.


Matthew was born on October 23rd, 1973 in Camden, New Jersey, United States.


Sir John Quick was a member of parliament. He was most prominent from 1901 to 1913. John was born on April 14th, 1852 in Cornwall, UK. He breathed his last breath on June 17th, 1932.


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Popularity of Quick as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Quick U.S.
  White 80.91% 64.26%
  African American 13.19% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.57% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.10% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.94% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.28% 16.26%

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Fun Facts about the name Quick

  • How Popular is the name Quick? As a last name Quick was the 1,416th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Quick first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Quick is Sunday, August 30th, 1885.
  • How unique is the name Quick? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Quick. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Quick: Your name in reverse order is Kciuq. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Kicqu. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Quick? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 25,091 people with the last name Quick.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Quick? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 9 of them will have Quick as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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