- 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.]
- Characterized by life or liveliness; animated; sprightly; agile; brisk; ready."A quickwit." [Shak.]
- Speedy; hasty; swift; not slow; as, be quick ."Oft he her his charge of quick return Repeated." [Milton.]
- 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.]
- Fresh; bracing; sharp; keen."The air is quick there, And it pierces and sharpens the stomach." [ Shak.]
- 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.]
- 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