[ kwahy-it ]
/ ˈkwaɪ ɪt /

adjective, qui·et·er, qui·et·est.

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to become quiet (often followed by down).

Nearby words

  1. quiesce,
  2. quiescence,
  3. quiescent,
  4. quiescent tank,
  5. quiescently,
  6. quiet as a mouse,
  7. quiet lung,
  8. quiet revolution,
  9. quiet sun,
  10. quieten

Origin of quiet

1350–1400; (adj.) Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin quiētus, past participle of quiēscere (see quiescent); (v.) Middle English quieten, partly derivative of the adj., partly < Late Latin quiētāre, derivative of quiētus. Cf. coy

Related forms
Can be confusedquiescent quietquiet quit quitequietness quietude

Synonym study

2. See still1.

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British Dictionary definitions for quietness


/ (ˈkwaɪət) /



the state of being silent, peaceful, or untroubled
on the quiet without other people knowing; secretly


a less common word for quieten
Derived Formsquietness, noun

Word Origin for quiet

C14: from Latin quiētus, past participle of quiēscere to rest, from quiēs repose, rest

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Word Origin and History for quietness
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Idioms and Phrases with quietness


In addition to the idiom beginning with quiet

  • quiet as a mouse

also see:

  • keep quiet
  • peace and quiet
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