- 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
Synonyms for quietSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for quiet
Related Words for quietnessinactivity, placidness, quietude, calm, tranquility, peacefulness, peace, quiet, hush, calmness, serenity, tranquillity, lull, noiselessness, still, placidity, inaction, dumbness, sleep, sulk
Examples from the Web for quietness
Contemporary Examples of quietness
Roxanne suggests that perhaps it is the quietness of much Irish writing that makes it hard to market here.Read Me, I'm Irish
March 17, 2009
Historical Examples of quietness
I've always wanted comfort and quietness, and I've got it here.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
What hurlyburlies are here, where all used to be peace and quietness!Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
She wished to be left in quietness, she did not want anybody to question her.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The quietness with which he spoke did not rob his words of their significance.The Law-Breakers
Wasn't it better to go on living on our little savings in peace and quietness?The Fortune of the Rougons
- 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 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