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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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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
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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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