How do you say FAST in Italian?

Fast in Italian

Veloce

Veloce is how you say fast and quick in Italian.

OriginFrom the Latin word velox, “fast”
IPA pronunciation/veˈlɔːtʃe/

Veloce
Fast


Fast in Italian: Different forms

Veloce has only two forms because adjectives ending in -e in Italian remain unchanged for both genders, but must match the gender (masculine or feminine) and the number (singular or plural) of the noun.

SingularPlural
MasculineVeloceVeloci
FeminineVeloceVeloci
bunny running and holding a letter

Fast in Italian: Examples

Gli struzzi sono molto veloci.
Ostriches are very fast.

Qual è l’animale più veloce del mondo?
What is the fastest animal in the world?
(“more fast”)

Il cane è più veloce dell’uomo e lo raggiunge in pochi secondi.
The dog is faster than the man and catches up with him in a few seconds.

Sei troppo veloce per me!
You are too fast for me!

panting girl

There are a number of synonyms that you can use instead of veloce. The most common ones are:

Rapido
Fast, rapid

Svelto
Quick, swift (only used to describe people)

Spedito
Quick, swift (only used to describe people)

Fulmineo
Lightning quick

For example, you can say…

Il ciclista attraversa la strada a velocità fulminea.
The cyclist crosses the road at lightning speed.

La tachicardia è una serie di battiti del cuore molto rapidi.
Tachycardia is a series of very fast heartbeats.

Federico è svelto a lavorare.
Federico is quick to work.

swift man at work at a desk

Fast in Italian: Expressions

The word for speed in Italian is velocità. Let’s look at some common expressions and collocations featuring this word in Italian:

  • limite di velocità (speed limit)
  • alla velocità della luce (“at the speed of light”)
  • treno ad alta velocità (high-speed train)

For example, you can say…

Ho preso una multa per avere superato il limite di velocità.
I have received a ticket for exceeding the speed limit.

I treni ad alta velocità sono una fantastica invenzione.
High-speed trains are an amazing invention.

Il ladro scompare alla velocità della luce.
The thief disappears at the speed of light.

thief robbing a safe

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