adjective, qui·et·er, qui·et·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of quiet1
Synonyms for quiet
Antonyms for quiet
Related Words for quietestreticent, soft, silent, peaceful, muted, secluded, serene, shy, smooth, private, gentle, mild, placid, sedate, stable, tranquil, subdued, sober, modest, unassuming
Examples from the Web for quietest
Contemporary Examples of quietest
Getting my work done required isolating myself in the quietest corner of the library.Mark Twain, Writing Coach and Role Model
April 19, 2014
Anyone who has been in emergency rooms knows Christmas is just about always the quietest day of the year.Why Christmas Is So Deadly
December 24, 2012
Howard Kurtz on why the quietest campaign may be just the ticket for the plain-vanilla front-runner.Mitt Romney, Boring Genius?
June 27, 2011
They're the nation's quietest killers, known as SEALs because of their delicate work by Sea, Air or Land.The Navy SEALs Who Saved the Day
May 3, 2011
After becoming a full-blown GTL— gym, tan, laundry—addict, Vinny Guadagnino, the quietest roommate, upped his game in Miami.Jersey Shore Season 3 Premieres: Where We Left Off
The Daily Beast
January 5, 2011
Historical Examples of quietest
"Well, go on," interposed the youngest and quietest of the group.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Little Dorrit seemed the least, the quietest, and weakest of Heaven's creatures.Little Dorrit
It was the simplest and quietest wedding,—at home, on an August morning.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
He had the quietest way of speakin', anyhow, and his voice was a lovely tenor.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
It never was safe, even in the quietest times, to be flippant with Crossan.The Red Hand of Ulster
George A. Birmingham
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