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 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
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