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Unpredictable; mercurial: "a quicksilver character, cool and willful at one moment, utterly fragile the next" (Sven Birkerts).

[Middle English, from Old English cwicseolfor, living silver (translation of Latin argentum vīvum) : cwic, cwicu, alive; see gwei- in Indo-European roots + seolfor, silver; see silver.]


(Elements & Compounds) another name for mercury1
rapid or unpredictable in movement or change: a quicksilver temper.
[Old English, from cwicu alive + seolfer silver]


(ˈkwɪkˌsɪl vər)

n. v.t.
2. to amalgamate (metal).
3. unpredictably changeable; mercurial.
[before 1000; Middle English qwyksilver, Old English cwicseolfor (translation Latin argentum vīvum) literally, living silver]
quick′sil`ver•y, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quicksilver - a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic elementquicksilver - a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures
metal, metallic element - any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.
cinnabar - a heavy reddish mineral consisting of mercuric sulfide; the chief source of mercury
calomel, mercurous chloride - a tasteless colorless powder used medicinally as a cathartic
Adj.1.quicksilver - liable to sudden unpredictable changequicksilver - liable to sudden unpredictable change; "erratic behavior"; "fickle weather"; "mercurial twists of temperament"; "a quicksilver character, cool and willful at one moment, utterly fragile the next"
changeful, changeable - such that alteration is possible; having a marked tendency to change; "changeable behavior"; "changeable moods"; "changeable prices"


A. Nazogue m, mercurio m
B. ADJ (fig) [moods, temperament] → inconstante, caprichoso
C. VTazogar


[ˈkwɪkˌsɪlvəʳ] nargento vivo, mercurio


(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
References in classic literature ?
It will require all your wisdom," said Quicksilver, "and a little of my own into the bargain, to keep your royal and sagacious self from being transformed into a fox.
What that was, whether essence of quicksilver, or a few drops of hartshorn, there is no telling.
The creeks, winding their way from the sea to the village, shone like quicksilver beneath the vivid sunshine.
That must have been it," said Sancho, "for indeed Rocinante went like a gipsy's ass with quicksilver in his ears.
The music seems to run through my veins like quicksilver and I forget everything--everything--except the delight of keeping time to it.
The moon, which had been bright when he went out, by now shone only like a crescent of quicksilver.
Yes, and they take loaves of bread and put quicksilver in 'em and set 'em afloat, and wherever there's anybody that's drownded, they'll float right there and stop.
One might have said that we were in a bath of quicksilver.
Away in the distance the glimmer of the sea shone like a thin belt of quicksilver.
You-all laugh at quicksilver in the riffles and think flour gold was manufactured by God Almighty for the express purpose of fooling suckers and chechaquos.
The sword in his hands flashed like quicksilver into the huddle of our fleeing enemies; and at every flash there came the scream of a man hurt.
At this moment, it was tingling through him, exultant, and live as quicksilver, whispering, "In July you will be in England.