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Mentally alert and sharp; keen. See Synonyms at intelligent.

quick′-wit′ted·ly adv.
quick′-wit′ted·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quick-wittedness - intelligence as revealed by an ability to give correct responses without delayquick-wittedness - intelligence as revealed by an ability to give correct responses without delay
intelligence - the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience


(kwik) adjective
1. done, said, finished etc in a short time. a quick trip into town.
2. moving, or able to move, with speed. He's a very quick walker; I made a grab at the dog, but it was too quick for me.
3. doing something, able to do something, or done, without delay; prompt; lively. He is always quick to help; a quick answer; He's very quick at arithmetic.
quickly. quick-frozen food.
ˈquickly adverb
ˈquicken verb
to make or become quicker. He quickened his pace.
ˈquickness noun
ˈquicklime noun
lime which has not been mixed with water.
ˈquicksands noun plural
(an area of) loose, wet sand that sucks in anyone or anything that stands on it.
ˈquicksilver noun
ˌquick-ˈtempered adjective
easily made angry.
ˌquick-ˈwitted adjective
thinking very quickly. a quick-witted policeman.
ˌquick-ˈwittedly adverb
ˌquick-ˈwittedness noun
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Reflecting US thinking, Carnegie Moscow Centre scholar Dmitry Trenin wrote shortly after the Putin invasion of Georgia in August 2008 that the West noted "Medvedev's quick-wittedness, his calm style of conducting talks, and his clear desire to show that he is the one who is the real master of Russian diplomacy There are much greater grounds for expecting that Dmitry Medvedevwill slowly but steadily concentrate powers in his own hands" - with Putin's blessings.
Acting editor Rory Olcayto said: "Their bravery, quick-wittedness and civic pride are qualities the whole architecture profession is grateful for.
Selwyn similarly argues that "the qualities of quick-wittedness and plausible self-assurance required by the game are a fundamental part of his character, motivated as it is by self-interest and a mercenary lack of principle" (273).
Esterhammer rightly sees the specifics of the long-since neglected practice of poetic improvisation as potentially leading to much wider questions, from its connection with other forms of Romantic spontaneity (the cult of genius, the valorization of quick-wittedness in such forms as table talk and on-the-spot translation) to the meaning of the frequent appearance of the improviser in Romantic fiction, and to its intersection with identity formation in the Europe of the time (the "feminization" of improvisation, how "typically Italian" improvisation is packaged for export with appropriate national labels).
On the other hand, the Moriarty-Holmes pairing is suitably fitted to their decidedly more grounded human battle, where quick-wittedness, intelligence and earthly fitness are their only weapons in the war they wage against one another.
It was left to Stocks, who had one of his best games, to make the result safe, when he charged towards the line, only to be hauled down a yard short, but he showed his quick-wittedness, by quickly tapping the ball forward over the line, darting round the marker and getting the faintest of touches to register the game's only try.