Definitions

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  • adv. In a speedy or fast manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a speedy manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a speedy manner; quickly; with haste; in a short time.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. with rapid movements

Etymologies

From Middle English spedily, spedili, from Old English *spēdiġlīċe, ġespēdiġlīċe ("prosperously"), equivalent to speedy +‎ -ly. Cognate with Scots spedely, spedelie ("quickly, speedily"). Compare also Old English spēdlīċe ("effectually, effectively, successfully, efficaciously, powerfully, in a manner which produces a result"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He collected a class of boys, aged about four, and proposed to teach them Latin speedily and easily by making them converse in the classical language as well as read and write it. 199

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The word speedily went round the village, with many a nod and wink:

    Boys' Book of Famous Soldiers

  • He made himself heard the best he could and the word speedily traveled fore and aft, on all the decks, that the canoe would take ashore twenty people, at once.

    Gold Seekers of '49

  • With the air of a man who has conferred a great benefit, and is calmly awaiting his rightful reward, Jake turned to Tom; but his expression speedily changed to one of hopeless wonder, and then to one of delight, as Tom Chafflin walked rapidly up to the cashier's desk, pushed the

    Romance of California Life

  • The Lord is at hand -- The Lord's coming again speedily is the grand motive to every Christian grace (Jas 5: 8, 9).

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • This parable is another way applicable, and may be taken as designed to teach us to begin speedily to be religious, rather than to begin cautiously; and may mean the same with Matt.v. 25, Agree with thine adversary quickly.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • We did not, however, forget that death might destroy all our plans, and often conversed together freely on the probability that one of us might be called speedily into eternity.

    Daughters of the Cross: or Woman's Mission

  • There was little parleying between them, the detective merely assuring him that if he did not come to terms speedily, his trunk would be broken open and all of its contents seized.

    The Narrative of a Blockade-Runner

  • He wondered at himself for not thinking of it before, and the idea speedily coupled itself with Isabel's strange disappearance.

    Tiverton Tales

  • He must get to know as speedily as possible something of the shop organization and of its effect upon production.

    To Him That Hath: a Tale of the West of Today

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