[ kwahy-it ]
/ ˈkwaɪ ɪt /
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adjective, qui·et·er, qui·et·est.
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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
to become quiet (often followed by down).
freedom from noise, unwanted sound, etc.: At least there's quiet here.
freedom from disturbance or tumult; tranquility; rest; repose: This little beach is known for its quiet, but today a rowdy group of tourists is having a clambake.
peace; peaceful condition of affairs.
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Origin of quiet
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English adjective quiet(e), quite, from Old French quiet, quiete, and Latin quiētus, past participle of quiescere “to rest, rest in sleep, rest from toil”; Middle English verb quieten, partly derivative of the adjective, partly from Late Latin quiētāre “to calm,” derivative of quiētus; see also coy, quiescent
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2. See still1.
OTHER WORDS FROM quiet
qui·et·er, nounqui·et·ly, adverbqui·et·ness, nounun·qui·et·ed, 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|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
/ (ˈkwaɪət) /
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
Derived forms of quietquietness, noun
Word Origin for quiet
C14: from Latin quiētus, past participle of quiēscere to rest, from quiēs repose, rest
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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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