- 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 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
"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
- 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 quietest
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 quietest
In addition to the idiom beginning with quiet
- quiet as a mouse
- keep quiet
- peace and quiet