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[spee-dee] /ˈspi di/
adjective, speedier, speediest.
characterized by speed; rapid; swift; fast.
coming, given, or arrived at quickly or soon; prompt; not delayed:
a speedy recovery.
Origin of speedy
1325-75; Middle English spedy. See speed, -y1
Related forms
speedily, adverb
speediness, noun
overspeedily, adverb
overspeediness, noun
overspeedy, adjective
unspeedily, adverb
unspeediness, noun
unspeedy, adjective
1. quick. 2. expeditious. Unabridged
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  • And these doubts must speedily be cleared if success was to attend our undertaking.

  • But the reproduction is of brief duration; and it is speedily effaced or transformed.

  • The gates were speedily opened; and as the inhabitants rushed out, the sea-king and his followers entered to pillage the town.

  • He understood the dislike which speedily grew up in Eleanor for this work.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • It was speedily found that no one had entirely escaped the sweep of the great wave, but Ben had fared worst of all.

    Camping on the St. Lawrence Everett T. Tomlinson
British Dictionary definitions for speedily


adjective speedier, speediest
characterized by speed of motion
done or decided without delay; quick
Derived Forms
speedily, adverb
speediness, noun
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Word Origin and History for speedily



Old English spedig "prosperous, wealthy;" meaning "moving swiftly" is from late 14c., from speed (n.) + -y (2). Related: Speedily; speediness. Speedy Gonzales, Warner Brothers studios cartoon mouse, debuted in 1953 short directed by Bob McKimson.

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