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

quick′-wit′ted·ly adv.
quick′-wit′ted·ness n.
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[ˌkwɪkˈwɪtɪdlɪ] adv (act, answer) → prontamente
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(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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Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Ekmeleddin ?hsano?lu called upon Muslim countries to redouble their assistance to Haiti, praising those who had taken the initiative and hinting at the other countries, which have the ability but failed to respond quick-wittedly to the necessity of helping.
Meanwhile Lanigan had extended the cosh and used it to threaten 18-year-old Mr Nicholls who handed over his phone but quick-wittedly threw his wallet onto the railway line so the robber could not take it.
Paper aeroplanes thrown from high up in the Holte End proved more penetrative than the England attack and the loudest applause came for the brass band's trumpet player who quick-wittedly mimicked an ambulance siren when Armando Teixeira required treatment.