- making no noise or sound, especially no disturbing sound: quiet neighbors.
- free, or comparatively free, from noise: a quiet street.
- silent: Be quiet!
- restrained in speech, manner, etc.; saying little: a quiet person.
- free from disturbance or tumult; tranquil; peaceful: a quiet life.
- being at rest.
- refraining or free from activity, especially busy or vigorous activity: a quiet Sunday afternoon.
- making no disturbance or trouble; not turbulent; peaceable: The factions remained quiet for twenty years.
- motionless or moving very gently: quiet waters.
- free from disturbing thoughts, emotions, etc.; mentally peaceful: a quiet conscience.
- said, expressed, done, etc., in a restrained or unobtrusive way: a quiet reproach; a quiet admonition.
- not showy or obtrusive; subdued: quiet colors.
- not busy or active: The stock market was quiet last week.
- to make quiet.
- to make tranquil or peaceful; pacify: to quiet a crying baby.
- to calm mentally, as a person.
- to allay (tumult, doubt, fear, etc.).
- to silence.
- to become quiet (often followed by down).
Origin of quiet1
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- freedom from noise, unwanted sound, etc.: At least there's quiet here.
- freedom from disturbance or tumult; tranquillity; rest; repose: to live in quiet.
- peace; peaceful condition of affairs.
Origin of quiet2
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Examples from the Web for quiet
What, I suspect, we really want from Santa is peace (and quiet) at home for the holidays.Santa Fails One More Time
P. J. O’Rourke
December 27, 2014
But shh shhh shh, you have to be quiet about it or they will make me take it off.A Field General in the War on Christmas
December 24, 2014
There were stares, gestures, and quiet conversations at the desk.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
Then he's quiet, while I, nonplussed, just stare until he adds, “The camera must never move.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
He said he uses the quiet time at night to ponder a move to Puerto Rico or maybe Hawaii.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
December 9, 2014
There are quiet and very decent places for those of us that must.
"If you still love Paralus, I wonder you can be so quiet and cheerful," said Eudora.
When they do not disturb him with earthly medicines, he is quiet and happy.
Where shall I find a quiet church where I may say his De profundis in peace?The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
How restful this quiet and reserve after the colour and line tumult of the Higbee apartment.
- characterized by an absence or near absence of noisea quiet street
- characterized by an absence of turbulent motion or disturbance; peaceful, calm, or tranquila quiet glade; the sea is quiet tonight
- free from activities, distractions, worries, etc; untroubleda quiet life; a quiet day at work
- marked by an absence of work, orders, etc; not busythe factory is very quiet at the moment
- private; not public; secreta quiet word with someone
- free from anger, impatience, or other extreme emotiona quiet disposition
- free from pretentiousness or vain display; modest or reservedquiet humour
- astronomy (of the sun) exhibiting a very low number of sunspots, solar flares, and other surface phenomena; inactiveCompare active (def. 8)
- the state of being silent, peaceful, or untroubled
- on the quiet without other people knowing; secretly
- a less common word for quieten
Word Origin and History for quiet
c.1300, "freedom from disturbance or conflict; calm, stillness," from Old French quiete "rest, repose, tranquility" and directly from Latin quies (genitive quietis) "a lying still, rest, repose, peace," from PIE root *qwi- "rest" (cf. Old Persian shiyati-, Avestan shaiti- "well-being;" Avestan shyata- "happy;" Gothic hveila, Old English hwil "space of time;" see while (n.)). Late 14c. as "inactivity, rest, repose."
late 14c., "peaceable, at rest, restful, tranquil," from Old French quiet and directly from Latin quietus "calm, at rest, free from exertion," from quies (genitive quietis) "rest" (see quiet (n.)). As an adverb from 1570s. Related: Quietly; quietness.
late 14c., "subdue, lessen," from quiet (adj.) and in part from Latin quietare. From mid-15c. as "to make silent, cause to be quiet;" intransitive sense of "become quiet, be silent" is from 1791. Related: Quieted; quieting.