If you were the first one to reach the finish line in gym class, the coach might have called you swift. Swift means quick or fast-moving. A glance, a current, even a decision can be swift.

You can use the adjective swift to describe things that move or happen rapidly and smoothly. Deciding to borrow a parent's car without permission could result in swift punishment. Foxes are so swift that if you leave the chicken coop open for a moment, one might slip in. Conversely, if innuendo sails over your head, your friends might say, “You’re not too swift on the uptake, are you?” A swift is also a small bird that looks a lot like a swallow.

Definitions of swift
  1. adjective
    moving very fast
    “a swift current”
    swift flight of an arrow”
    “a swift runner”
    synonyms: fleet
    acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly
  2. noun
    a small bird that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight
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    Apus apus, European swift
    common European bird with a shrieking call that nests chiefly about eaves of buildings or on cliffs
    Chateura pelagica, chimney swallow, chimney swift
    American swift that nests in e.g. unused chimneys
    Collocalia inexpectata, swiftlet
    swift of eastern Asia; produces the edible bird's nest
    type of:
    apodiform bird
    nonpasserine bird having long wings and weak feet; spends much of its time in flight
  3. noun
    common western lizard; seen on logs or rocks
    synonyms: Sceloporus occidentalis, blue-belly, western fence lizard
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    type of:
    fence lizard
    spiny lizard often seen basking on fences in the United States and northern Mexico
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