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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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Historical Examples
  • The boy was clever and quick, but his speediness speedily degenerated into fastness.

    The Comic History of Rome Gilbert Abbott Becket
  • If certainty be a main requisite, speediness is also necessary; lasting and cruel punishments harden but do not reclaim.

    Curiosities of Olden Times S. Baring-Gould
  • This speediness on his part means that he uses up more energy, and hence needs more food, and he needs to assimilate it faster.

    Unexplored! Allen Chaffee
British Dictionary definitions for speediness


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 speediness



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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