from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Informal With great speed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Quickly; as fast as possible; in short order.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Headlong; very fast.


lickety, very fast, alteration of lick, fast (dialectal) + split.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested about 1860, in the US, as a fanciful alteration of lick and the verb split. lick appears to have something to do with animals made to go faster by means of a "lick" of a whip, although it may have also originated due to a preference for rapid licking (the "quick lick"). (Wiktionary)



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  • Merriam Webster says of lickety-split
    Etymology: probably irregular from lick + split
    Date: circa 1859
    : at great speed

    November 9, 2009

  • I believe the word you're looking for is yuck. ;-)

    June 21, 2007

  • an old fav. Now I should start my least favorite word list with fav. Is there a word for using words that you dislike?

    June 21, 2007