[ kwahyt ]
/ kwaɪt /


completely, wholly, or entirely: quite the reverse; not quite finished.
actually, really, or truly: quite a sudden change.
to a considerable extent or degree: quite small; quite objectionable.

Nearby words

  1. quit-rent,
  2. quitch,
  3. quitch grass,
  4. quitclaim,
  5. quitclaim deed,
  6. quite a bit,
  7. quito,
  8. quitrent,
  9. quits,
  10. quittance

Origin of quite

1300–50; Middle English, adv. use of quit(e), a variant of quit(te) quit1, the meaning of the two forms not being distinct in Middle English

Can be confusedquiet quit quite

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British Dictionary definitions for quite


/ (kwaɪt) /


to the greatest extent; completely or absolutelyyou're quite right; quite the opposite
(not used with a negative) to a noticeable or partial extent; somewhatshe's quite pretty
in actuality; trulyhe thought the bag was heavy, but it was quite light; it's quite the thing to do
quite a (not used with a negative) of an exceptional, considerable, or noticeable kindquite a girl; quite a long walk
quite something a remarkable or noteworthy thing or person

sentence substitute

Also: quite so an expression used to indicate agreement or assent

Word Origin for quite

C14: adverbial use of quite (adj) quit


See very

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Word Origin and History for quite



early 14c., adverbial form of Middle English quit, quite (adj.) "free, clear" (see quit (adj.)). Originally "thoroughly;" the weaker sense of "fairly" is attested from mid-19c.

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