- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for quiet on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for quieter
Suddenly, you are crying, breathless, raging, and on quieter days just going through the motions.Grief: The Real Monster in The Babadook
December 19, 2014
But their protestations often were marked by grim frowns or quieter caveats when they thought the formal interview over.In the Battle for Kobani, ISIS Falls Back. But for How Long?
October 20, 2014
You will notice since the visit last year, North Korea has been quieter.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: July 20
July 20, 2014
Night has fallen again on Kiev and the streets are quieter than usual.Ukraine’s Techies Will Teach You About Forgiveness
February 23, 2014
But Chris finds a quieter kind of satisfaction in the huts that dot the Rockies around Aspen.Olympians Dish on Their Favorite Spots to Ski & Snowboard
The Daily Beast
October 26, 2013
There ain't no quieter place in Pennsylvany than Radville, Mr. Duncan.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
I can't help you now, but as soon as Missy has got quieter, I shall come to you.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
After smoking a pipe or two, he was quieter, and left me with a merry remark.
When her mind was quieter about Charley, somehow or other I might come near her again.
He was silent for a few minutes, and then he began again, in a quieter voice.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
- 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 quieter
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.
Idioms and Phrases with quieter
In addition to the idiom beginning with quiet
- quiet as a mouse
- keep quiet
- peace and quiet