quiet

noun
qui·​et | \ ˈkwī-ət \

Definition of quiet

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: the quality or state of being quiet (see quiet entry 2) : tranquility
on the quiet
: in a secretive manner : in secret

quiet

adjective

Definition of quiet (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : marked by little or no motion or activity : calm a quiet sea
b : gentle, easygoing a quiet temperament
c : not interfered with quiet reading
d : enjoyed in peace and relaxation a quiet cup of tea
2a : free from noise or uproar : still
b : unobtrusive, conservative quiet clothes
3 : secluded a quiet nook

quiet

adverb

Definition of quiet (Entry 3 of 4)

: in a quiet manner an engine that runs quiet

quiet

verb
quieted; quieting; quiets

Definition of quiet (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to be quiet : calm
2 : to make secure by freeing from dispute or question quiet title to a property

intransitive verb

: to become quiet usually used with down

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Other Words from quiet

Adjective

quietly adverb
quietness noun

Verb

quieter noun

Examples of quiet in a Sentence

Noun

My hostess told me she had some records I might like to hear and she called for quiet in the room. People sat down on the floor in groups, sharing bottles of wine and slivovitz. The host put the record on a windup record player and Lester Young's saxophone yowled out of the silence. — Maya Angelou, Gourmet, November 2002 When my parents needed peace and quiet, they didn't put me in front of the television to watch a "Baby Einstein" video; they plopped me in a chair to watch my mom do housework or cook. — Robb Moretti, Newsweek, 5 Aug. 2002 the quiet of a wooded trail Can I have some quiet here? I'm trying to study. I need a little peace and quiet.

Adjective

Breakfast at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club, a members-only institution founded in the city now called Mumbai in 1846 by British colonial officers, is a meal of quiet elegance. The second-story veranda looks out over a small garden and, beyond that, the Gateway of India and the Taj Mahal Hotel. Outside is the tumult of horse-drawn carriages, touts, and taxis. Inside is peaceful stillness, broken only by the sounds of crunched-on toast and rustling newspapers. — Lyla Bavadam, Saveur, October 2008 One change I notice is that I get sleepy earlier than I used to, sometimes by 8:30 or 9 if I am having a quiet evening at home. — Andrew Weil, Time, 17 Oct. 2005 I interviewed Virginia, who is totally blind, in a small local library. Walking with her guide dog, this young-looking woman arrived soon after I came in. We found a quiet corner to sit and talk while her dog settled beside her chair. At forty-three, Virginia was used to telling her story and found time for our interview in her busy travel schedule. She had just returned from San Francisco where she had spoken at the California Academy of Sciences and was about to leave for Montreal, Canada, to conduct workshops in diversity awareness. — Mary Grimley Mason, Working Against Odds, 2004 Attributing their behaviors to their personal dispositions, we decide Julie is shy and Jack is outgoing. Because people do have enduring personality traits, such attributions are sometimes valid. However, we often overestimate the influence of personality and underestimate the influence of situations. In class, Jack may be as quiet as Julie. Catch Julie at a party and you may hardly recognize your quiet classmate. — David G. Myers, Psychology, 2001 the quiet hum of the refrigerator He spoke in a very quiet voice. Surprisingly, the class was quiet. He's a very quiet person. She has a quiet disposition. During the morning, business was quiet. Some days at the store are quieter than others. a quiet stretch of road He led a quiet life.

Adverb

lie quiet and no one will guess you're hiding under the bed

Verb

Clemens had few questions to answer about Piazza. The beanball and broken bat from 2000, and the Mets' tepid retaliation last season, were memories. And since Clemens recorded his 300th victory on June 13, the buzz around him has quieted. — Tyler Kepner, New York Times, 29 June 2003 When she walked down the hall past his classroom, the sounds of chaos came over the frosted-glass pane above the door. She had taken to making random visits; the sight of her in the doorway quieted the kids. — Mary Gordon, Atlantic, May 1999 Even with that, Presser was so scared that he fled to Florida and moved from hotel to hotel till the gang war quieted down, with his side on top. — A. H. Raskin, New York Times Book Review, 10 Dec. 1989 the museum docent told the rowdy youngsters to quiet down for the tour quiet a crying toddler with candy
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But a developer’s offer to buy the unused development rights from the Seward Park Cooperative has disrupted the leafy quiet of the four-building brick complex, pitting neighbor against neighbor. Charles V. Bagli, New York Times, "A $54 Million Offer to Build Oversize Towers Divides Seward Park," 10 June 2018 Some days, the peace and quiet is interrupted by the window-rattling roar of airboats, who bring groups of tourists out on Lake Tohopekaliga for a close-up view of the alligators, birds and wildlife. Ryan Gillespie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Despite new law, homeowners on Lake Toho still complain about airboat noise," 13 July 2018 The film starts in a dense, Mitteleuropean pine forest — actually shot in the woods of Admont Abbey in central Austria — where the relative peace and quiet is finally disturbed by the sound of a chainsaw which cuts down one of the large trees. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Walden': Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 12 July 2018 The severed connection to technology in favor of the farm's peace and quiet is exactly what draws many of Zimmerman's visitors. Kate Morgan, chicagotribune.com, "Leaving technology behind on vacation in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania," 28 June 2018 Neighbors in nearby homes say the concerts are ruining their peace and quiet and keeping their toddlers up at night. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Concerts at winery strike sour note with neighbors in McCordsville," 22 June 2018 Wander the rambling fields where the original concert was held, taking a few final moments to recharge in the peace and quiet of this untouched stretch of countryside. Elizabeth Dunn, WSJ, "A Stress-Free Summer Weekend in the Catskills," 15 June 2018 All who enjoy the peace and quiet of a walk in the reservoir can thank Harriet. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Harriet R. Mogensen," 13 May 2018 Goodell seemed almost ecstatic at the comparative quiet that greeted his arrival, compared to what happened here. Ed Rendell, Philly.com, "Rendell: The magic of the NFL draft," 27 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

When Intel tipped a half-dozen new desktop processors during its CES keynote, the company kept quiet about specifics. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's new 'F-series' Core chips lack an integrated GPU, and probably aren't worth your money," 14 Jan. 2019 Propaganda, not bullets and tear gas, is supposed to be the main tool for keeping the population quiet. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Hungary’s prime minister stole the country’s democracy. Now Hungarians are rising up.," 17 Dec. 2018 The local chamber of commerce was so determined to keep people quiet when Amazon executives visited in March that the business group got restaurant waitstaff and a hotel concierge to sign confidentiality forms ahead of time. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "After Amazon HQ2, Some Lawmakers Question Nondisclosure Requirements," 26 Nov. 2018 Aside from the column entries, Middleton has kept fairly quiet about her pregnancy journey. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Reportedly Gave Birth to a Baby Boy," 16 Oct. 2018 Both were unusually quiet and were being raised by single mothers at the time. Matt Stevens, The Seattle Times, "12-year-old raises thousands of dollars for his best friend’s gravestone," 12 Dec. 2018 Though Lili and Cole were very quiet about their relationship in the early days of Riverdale, the two have been a bit more open about it as of late, posting cute pics of one another and sending each other romantic birthday wishes. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Took a BuzzFeed Quiz to Find Out If She Should Be With Cole or Dylan Sprouse," 11 Dec. 2018 To see how quiet this plane really is, NASA will conduct test flights of the X-59 above U.S. cities starting in 2021. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Lockheed Martin Has Started Building NASA's X-59 Experimental Supersonic Jet," 20 Nov. 2018 The couple were together for nine months and were pretty quiet about their relationship. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Sam Smith Reveals He’s Still Not Over His Breakup With "13 Reasons Why" Star Brandon Flynn," 25 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

When the sun is up, the city center is crowded, but the streets empty as night falls, quiet except for the occasional sound of gunfire and rockets exploding on the outskirts of town. Najim Rahim, David Jolly And Ahmad Shakib, New York Times, "For Afghans in Kunduz, Taliban Assault Is Just the Latest Affront OCT. 7, 2015," 6 Feb. 2016 The boat goes quiet except for the occasional flap of the sail. Chris Jones, Esquire, "Vertigo," 15 Sep. 2010

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There were executioners to quiet those whom the Emperor proscribed. WSJ, "In Hoc Anno Domini," 23 Dec. 2018 Reviews are mixed, though Chalamet shines—of course—and his standing seems secure as the TABILB mania has at least temporarily quieted, especially due to a development in his personal life... Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "How Did Timothée Chalamet Spend 2018? We’re So Glad You Asked," 10 Dec. 2018 Mosseri was one of the small handful of Facebook executives to engage regularly with reporters on Twitter over the past two years, though that has quieted down considerably over the past couple of months. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Meet Adam Mosseri, Instagram’s new boss," 1 Oct. 2018 Food is the priority Solutions include quieting vessel noise, fishing cutbacks, restraint on development in what habitat remains for salmon, and more money to fix what is destroyed. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Will we now commit to saving the Northwest’s orcas? A task force meets Tuesday," 7 Aug. 2018 But Mayfield swears that his play will quiet the noise. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Hard Knocks coming to Cleveland is as best as it gets for Baker Mayfield," 17 May 2018 The test will give a pass to patients whose immune response has been quieted by antibiotics yet can be triggered by certain antibodies that may be present in non-sufferers. Lidija Haas, The New Yorker, "Memoirs of Disease and Disbelief," 17 June 2014 The arrests largely quieted Basra and the rest of the south. Sinan Salaheddin, Fox News, "Southern Iraq's woes to continue, renewed protests possible," 19 July 2018 Photo: David Pierce/The Wall Street Journal Apple has vastly improved its Do Not Disturb feature, which quiets all my phone’s notifications and buzzes. David Pierce, WSJ, "iOS 12 Review: Free Update Revives Old Phones, Makes Siri Useful," 17 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of quiet

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

1573, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for quiet

Noun

Middle English quiet, quiete, borrowed from Anglo-French quiete, borrowed from Latin quiēt-, quiēs "repose, sleep, rest, peaceful conditions," going back to Indo-European *kwi̯eh1-ti-, noun derivative of a verbal base *kwi̯eh1- "have a rest," whence Avestan š́iiā- "be glad," Old Church Slavic počijǫ, počiti "to have a rest" (causative pokojǫ, pokoiti "to calm, quiet"), Armenian hangeaw "has rested," and (from deverbal *kwi̯eh1-to-) Avestan š́iiāta- "peaceful, happy," Old Persian šiyāta-, Latin quiētus "at rest, quiet entry 2"

Adjective

Middle English quyet, quyete, quiete, borrowed from Anglo-French & Middle French quiete, borrowed from Latin quiētus "at rest, inactive, peaceful" — more at quiet entry 1

Adverb

derivative of quiet entry 2

Verb

Middle English quieten, borrowed from Late Latin quiētāre "to become quiet, make quiet, put to rest," derivative of Latin quiētus "at rest, quiet entry 2"

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quiet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of quiet

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the quality or state of being quiet or calm

quiet

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of quiet (Entry 2 of 3)

: making very little noise

: not talking

: tending not to talk very much

quiet

verb

English Language Learners Definition of quiet (Entry 3 of 3)

: to make (someone or something) quieter, calmer, or less intense

quiet

noun
qui·​et | \ ˈkwī-ət \

Kids Definition of quiet

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: the quality or state of being calm or without noise Can we please have some quiet?

quiet

adjective
quieter; quietest

Kids Definition of quiet (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : free from noise or uproar One step, two steps, onward they went … down that long, long quiet room.— Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks
2 : marked by little or no motion or activity : calm quiet seas
3 : not disturbed : peaceful a quiet lunch
4 : tending not to talk or show excitement much a quiet child a quiet disposition
5 : not shown in an obvious way quiet determination
6 : away from public view : secluded a quiet corner

Other Words from quiet

quietly adverb Speak quietly.
quietness noun

quiet

adverb

Kids Definition of quiet (Entry 3 of 4)

: in a quiet manner : quietly The engine runs quiet.

quiet

verb
quieted; quieting

Kids Definition of quiet (Entry 4 of 4)

: to make or become calmer or less noisy She tried to quiet the crowd.

quiet

adjective
qui·​et

Legal Definition of quiet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: free from disturbance, interference, or dispute (as from an adverse claim) quiet enjoyment of property

Legal Definition of quiet (Entry 2 of 2)

: to establish or make (title) secure by means of an action that produces a final determination of the respective rights of parties who are in dispute over property — compare cloud on title

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