making no noise or sound, especially no disturbing sound: quiet neighbors.
free, or comparatively free, from noise: a quiet street.
silent (def. 1): Be quiet!
restrained in speech, manner, etc.; saying little: a quiet person.
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 become quiet (often followed by down).
- qui·et·er, noun
- qui·et·ly, adverb
- qui·et·ness, noun
- un·qui·et·ed, adjective
- un·qui·et·ing, adjective
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How to use quiet in a sentence
Think of the bridge: “And when I touch you, I feel happy inside …” Remember how it quiets down there?Was The Beatles’ Music Really That Unique? Yeah, It Totally Was. | Michael Tomasky | February 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet half an hour after Kit starts the rounds everything quiets down.The Adventures of Kathlyn | Harold MacGrath
It quiets storms, cures pestilence, prevents temptations against the Faith, puts out flames.Robert Annys: Poor Priest | Annie Nathan Meyer
I intend to stay here until the world quiets down, and life is pleasant once more.The Enemies of Women | Vicente Blasco Ibez
Gradually the court-room quiets and a spirit of expectancy prevails.The Man in Court | Frederic DeWitt Wells
It contains teaffein, which stimulates the heart but quiets the nerves.Class of '29 | Orrie Lashin and Milo Hastings
British Dictionary definitions for quiet
characterized by an absence or near absence of noise: a quiet street
characterized by an absence of turbulent motion or disturbance; peaceful, calm, or tranquil: a quiet glade; the sea is quiet tonight
free from activities, distractions, worries, etc; untroubled: a quiet life; a quiet day at work
marked by an absence of work, orders, etc; not busy: the factory is very quiet at the moment
private; not public; secret: a quiet word with someone
free from anger, impatience, or other extreme emotion: a quiet disposition
free from pretentiousness or vain display; modest or reserved: quiet humour
astronomy (of the sun) exhibiting a very low number of sunspots, solar flares, and other surface phenomena; inactive: Compare 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
- quietness, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with quiet
In addition to the idiom beginning with quiet
- quiet as a mouse
- keep quiet
- peace and quiet
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