adjective, qui·et·er, qui·et·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- quiescent tank,
- quiet as a mouse,
- quiet lung,
- quiet revolution,
- quiet sun,
Origin of quiet1
Origin of quiet2
Examples from the Web for quiet
What, I suspect, we really want from Santa is peace (and quiet) at home for the holidays.
But shh shhh shh, you have to be quiet about it or they will make me take it off.
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|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Mary had contrived to quiet her lover with considerable propriety of demeanour.Doctor Thorne|Anthony Trollope
She closed up the house for the night, looking out in the bright moonlight to see that all was quiet.The Precipice|Elia Wilkinson Peattie
Taking his arm he drew him into a quiet place and told him all that had happened since they had last met.The Crimson Fairy Book|Various
The Catholics, he reported, were quiet merely because they were confident of success.William Pitt and the Great War|John Holland Rose
Calm and quiet when danger raged, he could inspire in his comrades a boundless confidence.The Heart of Pinocchio|Collodi Nipote
Word Origin 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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with quiet
- quiet as a mouse
- keep quiet
- peace and quiet