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From Middle English quik, quic, from Old English cwic (alive), from Proto-Germanic *kwikwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷih₃wós (alive), from *gʷeyh₃- (to live), *gʷeih₃w- (to live). Cognate with Dutch kwik, kwiek, German keck, Swedish kvick; and (from Indo-European) with Ancient Greek βίος (bíos, life), Latin vivus, Lithuanian gývas (alive), Latvian dzīvs (alive), Russian живо́й (živój), Welsh byw (alive), Irish beo (alive), biathaigh (feed), Kurdish jîn (to live), jiyan (life), giyan (soul), can (soul), Sanskrit जीव (jīva, living).


From English.


Borrowed from Middle Low German quick, from Old Saxon quik, from Proto-Germanic *kwikwaz. Also a Central Franconian form; compare early modern German quick (Cologne, 15th century). Doublet of keck, which see for more.