[ 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).

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 confused

quiescent 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 Forms

quietness, noun

Word Origin for quiet

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