Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a swift or rapid manner; fleetly; rapidly; with celerity; quickly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a swift manner; with quick motion or velocity; fleetly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a swift manner; quickly; with quick motion or velocity; fleetly

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

  • adverb in a swift manner

Etymologies

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swift +‎ -ly

Examples

  • And through a now familiar combination of bigger headlines and brasher stories, his title swiftly came to dominate the market.

    BBC News - Home

  • The spike in gold and silver prices to unexpected new highs so swiftly is evidence of the weakness in sovereign currencies and their economies.

    Gold And Silver Shine Brightly As Currencies Race To The Bottom

  • He had passed swiftly through Cambridge and Oxford to become a leading Anglican theologian and had risen equally swiftly from a small bishopric in Wales to the seat of Canterbury.

    The Velvet Reformation

  • And rather than win swiftly and brutally as we had with a mighty Japanese Empire, LBJ fought Vietnam as the conflicted war president he was, babbling on about building “a Great Society on the Mekong.”

    Matthew Yglesias » The War

  • Sometimes "boldly and swiftly" is NOT A GOOD THING.

    Iowa GOP to Palin: Come to Des Moines

  • He had passed swiftly through Cambridge and Oxford to become a leading Anglican theologian and had risen equally swiftly from a small bishopric in Wales to the seat of Canterbury.

    The Velvet Reformation

  • Director Guy Ritchie keeps it all moving at a quick enough pace, but going through the motions swiftly is still going through the motions.

    This Week in DVD & Blu-ray: Sherlock Holmes, An Education, The Baader Meinhof Complex, and More | /Film

  • And now one, and now another, bled swiftly from the mouth and died.

    THE LEAGUE OF THE OLD MEN

  • He had passed swiftly through Cambridge and Oxford to become a leading Anglican theologian and had risen equally swiftly from a small bishopric in Wales to the seat of Canterbury.

    The Velvet Reformation

  • Dealing with each of those rites of babyhood passage come back swiftly from the annals of motherhood memory when I needed them too, and carry a pretty short (re) learning curve anyway.

    How She Move

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