When you do something quickly, you do it really fast — like when you quickly eat breakfast so you won’t be late to school.

The adverb quickly can describe any action that’s done at great speed. If you see a wolf running quickly, that means it’s moving rapidly and you’d better hide quickly. Quickly can also carry the sense of doing something without delay or hesitation. Sometimes quickly has a connotation of not putting much thought or effort into something, like when you quickly do your math homework.

Definitions of quickly
  1. adverb
    with little or no delay
    synonyms: promptly, quick
  2. adverb
    with rapid movements
    “he works quickly
    synonyms: apace, chop-chop, rapidly, speedily
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    easy, slow, slowly, tardily
    without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly')
  3. adverb
    without taking pains
    synonyms: cursorily
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