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[kwik-lee] /ˈkwɪk li/
with speed; rapidly; very soon.
Origin of quickly
before 1000; Middle English quikly. See quick, -ly
Can be confused
quick, quickly (see usage note at quick)
Usage note
See quick. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • quickly the light died out of his face, leaving it stern and austere.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • There was a roar of laughter and Murphy followed it quickly.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • But it was over so quickly I didn't have time to be shocked long.

  • With this he drew from his mambisa a paper which he quickly unfolded.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • They quickly agreed to exchange the produce of their day's sport.

Word Origin and History for quickly

late Old English cwiculice "vigorously, keenly;" see quick (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "rapidly, in a short space of time" is from c.1200.

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