- 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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Examples from the Web for quietly
“We quietly did,” Reed previously told The Daily Beast of removing ISIS.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
Anyone who tries to draw attention to threats instead of quietly burying them is worsening the problem.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism
January 3, 2015
But instead of just quietly releasing a statement through a publicist, she broadcasted her anger far and wide.Jennifer Lawrence’s Righteous Fury Says Everything We Wanted to Say
December 29, 2014
When the media attention died down, Tavakoli was quietly re-imprisoned.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
And compare, as noted up top, to Secretary Clinton, who spent years quietly pushing a modernized Cuba policy.Rubio’s Embargo Anger Plays to the Past
December 19, 2014
"I can't quite agree with you there," said the lawyer, quietly.Brave and Bold
Yes, Stephen himself it was, who had quietly walked into the court.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
She quietly yielded, but her color came and went, and her lips moved as if to speak.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
He is not a great preacher, but he is quietly earnest and instructive.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
"I think you were right about the holy children," she said quietly.Weighed and Wanting
- in a quiet manner
- just quietly Australian between you and me; confidentially
- 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 quietly
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.