quiet

1
[kwahy-it]

adjective, qui·et·er, qui·et·est.

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to become quiet (often followed by down).

Origin of quiet

1
1350–1400; (adj.) Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin quiētus, past participle of quiēscere (see quiescent); (v.) Middle English quieten, partly derivative of the adj., partly < Late Latin quiētāre, derivative of quiētus. Cf. coy
Related formsqui·et·er, nounqui·et·ly, adverbqui·et·ness, nounun·qui·et·ed, adjectiveun·qui·et·ing, adjective
Can be confusedquiescent quietquiet quit quitequietness quietude

Synonyms for quiet

5. calm, serene. 9. unmoving. 14. still, hush, silence. 15, 17. lull, soothe.

Synonym study

2. See still1.

Antonyms for quiet

2. noisy. 5. perturbed. 9. active.

quiet

2
[kwahy-it]

noun

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 quiet

2
1300–50; Middle English quiet(e) (< Middle French quiete) < Latin quiēt- (stem of quiēs) rest, peace; akin to quiēscere (see quiescent)

Synonyms for quiet

Antonyms for quiet

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Examples from the Web for quiet

Contemporary Examples of quiet

Historical Examples of quiet

  • There are quiet and very decent places for those of us that must.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "If you still love Paralus, I wonder you can be so quiet and cheerful," said Eudora.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • When they do not disturb him with earthly medicines, he is quiet and happy.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • 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.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson


British Dictionary definitions for quiet

quiet

adjective

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)

noun

the state of being silent, peaceful, or untroubled
on the quiet without other people knowing; secretly

verb

a less common word for quieten
Derived Formsquietness, noun

Word Origin for quiet

C14: from Latin quiētus, past participle of quiēscere to rest, from quiēs repose, rest
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Word Origin and History for quiet
n.

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."

adj.

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.

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with quiet

quiet

In addition to the idiom beginning with quiet

  • quiet as a mouse

also see:

  • keep quiet
  • peace and quiet
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