adjective, qui·et·er, qui·et·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- quiescent tank,
- quiet as a mouse,
- quiet lung,
- quiet revolution,
- quiet sun,
Origin of quiet1
Examples from the Web for quietness
Roxanne suggests that perhaps it is the quietness of much Irish writing that makes it hard to market here.
The quietness of everything there frightened me, called up every foolish, childhood fear and superstition.The Seven-Branched Candlestick|Gilbert W. (Gilbert Wolf) Gabriel
It was the voice of Hamish that sometimes had the power to soothe to quietness, if not to repose, the ever-moaning sufferer.Shenac's Work at Home|Margaret Murray Robertson
Her father broke in on the quietness of the room with a peculiar question.Captain Pott's Minister|Francis L. Cooper
So we always used to pray that the mandatar might be a good man, who would allow us to live in peace and quietness.The Jews of Barnow|Karl Emil Franzos
Fricker was not a gentleman, but, thanks to his quietness and freedom from affectation, it was often possible to forget the fact.The Intrusions of Peggy|Anthony Hope
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