Language Tips

Being able to move fast

Written by Liz Potter

In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips explores the words and phrases we use to describe movement. This week’s tip looks at adjectives that mean able to move fast:



speedy capable of moving very fast:

  • Public transport has to be speedy, and it has to be safe.
  • United scored first when their speedy striker found the net after 15 minutes.

nippy able to move quickly:

  • a nippy little sports car
  • He’s never going to be exactly nippy, but he’s not slow.

Nippy is an informal word used in British English.

nimble able to move quickly and easily:

  • Pat is surprisingly nimble for a man his size.
  • There were a few showers, which could be avoided by nimble footwork into the many marquees.

fleet able to move fast:

  • The pronghorn is the fleetest animal in North America.
  • We sent the youngest and most fleet of foot running ahead.

Fleet is a literary word.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘able to move fast‘.

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