making no noise or sound, especially no disturbing sound: quiet neighbors.
free, or comparatively free, from noise: a quiet street.
silent (def. 1): Be quiet!
restrained in speech, manner, etc.; saying little: a quiet person.
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 become quiet (often followed by down).
- qui·et·er, noun
- qui·et·ly, adverb
- qui·et·ness, noun
- un·qui·et·ed, adjective
- un·qui·et·ing, adjective
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How to use quiet in a sentence
Ford labels “Engage” as the normal drive mode, while “Whisper” is the quiet mode where the car produces less of the artificial “engine noise” that tells the driver what’s happening with the drivetrain.Ford’s electric Mustang Mach-E is an important leap into the future | Dan Carney | February 12, 2021 | Popular-Science
Glass beads are washable, quiet, and tend to retain less heat than plastic, which is great for hot sleepers.Best weighted blanket: Sleep like a baby with our comfy bedding picks | PopSci Commerce Team | February 12, 2021 | Popular-Science
In this recording of a fin whale’s song in 2012, sped up 10 times, each loud call is followed by a series of quieter echoes.Fin whale songs can reveal hidden features of the ocean floor | Carolyn Gramling | February 11, 2021 | Science News
After a quiet period, the last three months of 2020 saw yet another sharp rise as the currency’s value more than tripled—and it’s still climbing.Bitcoin’s Blowing Up, and That’s Good News for Human Rights. Here’s Why | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | February 10, 2021 | Singularity Hub
When we were kids, my mother loved the movie Mortal Kombat, so I remember me and my brother playing in our room and it’s dead quiet.
When Marvin tells this story, he gets quiet, and you can see the way it must have been.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
What, I suspect, we really want from Santa is peace (and quiet) at home for the holidays.
They made quiet plans together, saying that when they had a child together, they wanted a girl called Grace.
The inauguration had to be held in the fortified Kremlin, surrounded by an eerily quiet city.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015 | Movements.Org | December 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But shh shhh shh, you have to be quiet about it or they will make me take it off.
This Captain Kirton was really the best of the Kirton bunch: a quiet, unassuming young man, somewhat delicate in health.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
Their discipline is admirable, but their natural disposition is likewise quiet and inoffensive.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
It is the quiet chef lieu of the Allier, and was once the capital of the Bourbonnais.
The menace of a thunder-cloud approached as in his childhood's dream; disaster lurked behind the quiet outer show.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
He went blindly down the street, turned at the corner and sought a quiet place, a livery barn.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
British Dictionary definitions for quiet
characterized by an absence or near absence of noise: a quiet street
characterized by an absence of turbulent motion or disturbance; peaceful, calm, or tranquil: a quiet glade; the sea is quiet tonight
free from activities, distractions, worries, etc; untroubled: a quiet life; a quiet day at work
marked by an absence of work, orders, etc; not busy: the factory is very quiet at the moment
private; not public; secret: a quiet word with someone
free from anger, impatience, or other extreme emotion: a quiet disposition
free from pretentiousness or vain display; modest or reserved: quiet humour
astronomy (of the sun) exhibiting a very low number of sunspots, solar flares, and other surface phenomena; inactive: Compare 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
- quietness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with quiet
In addition to the idiom beginning with quiet
- quiet as a mouse
- keep quiet
- peace and quiet
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