quiet

noun
qui·​et | \ ˈkwī-ət How to pronounce quiet (audio) \

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 : free from noise or uproar : still a quiet room The lights went down and the theater became quiet.
b : making or involving no noise or very little noise a quiet motor a quiet conversation Everyone suddenly went quiet. Please be quiet—people are trying to study.
c : tending to speak very little : not loquacious He was a quiet, reserved person.
d : unobtrusive, conservative quiet clothes/colors
2a : marked by little or no motion or activity : calm a quiet sea At such an early hour, the streets seemed strangely quiet.
b : gentle, easygoing a quiet temperament
c : not disturbed by noise or activity quiet reading a moment of quiet contemplation : enjoyed in peace and relaxation a quiet cup of tea
3 : secluded a quiet nook
4 : carried out secretly or discreetly quiet diplomacy : not made known openly or publicly worked with quiet determination She had a quiet confidence about her. He took a quiet satisfaction in a job well done.

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

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So the quiet of the mountains this season is startlingly strange. The Economist, "Uphill struggle in the snow Skiing without lifts in France," 27 Feb. 2021 Coursing through the quiet is a palpable anxiety, a collective bracing for the blow to come. New York Times, "The Epicenter," 3 Dec. 2020 Over the decades, the gulf countries' oil wealth has allowed these autocrats to offer their citizens generous services and government employment in return for political quiet. Liz Sly, BostonGlobe.com, "Anger over economic, political setbacks roils Middle East 10 years after Arab Spring," 25 Jan. 2021 On a chilly day with the occasional flurry of snowflakes, many finally found the chance to exhale, and to mourn the victims of the pandemic, inside that relative quiet. Los Angeles Times, "Review: An inaugural like no other breathes new life into a besieged tradition: democracy," 20 Jan. 2021 The eerie quiet that enveloped New Orleans in the early days of the pandemic was truly deafening, but few of us truly understood the impact the pandemic would have at the time. John Stanton | Gambit Editor, NOLA.com, "Year In Review: 2020 is almost over, y’all," 28 Dec. 2020 After two Earth years, the probe’s first martian year is ending, and the quiet of the mission’s first months is returning. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Mars lander spots deep layers beneath the surface, offering clues to the planet’s formation," 15 Dec. 2020 The bustle of the nation’s capital before an inauguration has been replaced with the eerie quiet of a city in lockdown. Andrew Restuccia, WSJ, "Troops, Blockades and Eerie Quiet Pervade a Locked-Down Washington," 17 Jan. 2021 On a recent Tuesday, some quiet seemed to have returned. Washington Post, "The $3,000-a-month toilet for the Ivanka Trump/Jared Kushner Secret Service detail," 14 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective So far, Gwen has been quiet about her decision to leave the the show. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Reason Why Gwen Stefani Isn't on 'The Voice' Season 20," 2 Mar. 2021 And county leaders have kept quiet publicly since the sheriff’s indictment. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "What is wrong with Alabama’s fastest growing county?," 26 Feb. 2021 So far, companies that did well in the wild market have been quiet about their windfalls. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Texas Power Market Is Short $2.1 Billion in Payments After Freeze," 26 Feb. 2021 Except there was nothing quiet about the story’s combustible effect, on Twitter, on talk radio but, especially, the tellingly strong rebuts by owner Mark Cuban and the Mavericks organization. Dallas News, "Luka Doncic’s 3-point rain was clutch, and may help Mavs extinguish still smoldering Kristaps Porzingis trade rumors," 23 Feb. 2021 Harry's brother Prince William, and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, were also famously quiet about the sexes of all three of their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, until after they were born. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Having a Boy or a Girl?," 21 Feb. 2021 According to the Washington Post, H-E-B has been quiet about the whole ordeal and has yet to officially verify the story to the media—though most Texans didn’t need a lot of convincing to believe it. Laura Furr Mericas, Chron, "H-E-B confirms this viral good samaritan story," 20 Feb. 2021 Troy had previously been quiet about his personal life. Marie Milano, Country Living, "How Troy Aikman and His Wife Capa Mooty Make Their Blended Family Work," 24 Jan. 2021 His Harold is updated from the generic nerd of the original book to the kind of quiet, discomfiting teen easily radicalized online. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'The Stand' review: CBS All Access makes a somewhat entertaining mess out of Stephen King's epic," 18 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb This quiet-running progressive resistance bike trainer that offers a road-like feel is once again our top choice for the best model. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, "The best bike trainer of 2020," 25 Sep. 2020 The Stadio San Paolo, Napoli's famed crumbling colosseum, erupted as Mertens headed home from Adrian's save, only to fall quiet after seeing the linesman's flag raised for an obvious offside. Matias Grez, CNN, "Liverpool stunned by Napoli late goals in the Champions League," 17 Sep. 2019 Then, at some random moment, the atom goes quiet, signaling that the atom has entered the dark state. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Following Schrödinger’s cat to its death and giving it a reprieve," 5 June 2019 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 Still, that might not be enough to quiet all the concerns around asset bubbles in the equities market. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Bitcoin and global stocks bounce back," 3 Mar. 2021 Smith helped quiet all of the noise and change the culture in Washington by quietly leading the team to a 7-9 finish, enough to clinch the NFC East. Emily Iannaconi, Forbes, "A Quiet Leader, Alex Smith Is Set To Leave A Lasting Impact On The Washington Football Team," 3 Mar. 2021 That's what Chiefs lineman Chris Jones was thinking when his Zoom interview session briefly faded to quiet after a couple questions. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, "Column: One number looms large in Super Bowl of numbers," 1 Feb. 2021 Fueled by the desire to quiet the critics who questioned their 2014-15 NBA title, the Warriors opened the 2015-16 season with 24 straight wins. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Steve Kerr draws parallels between Lakers and 73-win Warriors," 18 Jan. 2021 Perhaps on the whole, spiritual practices really do help quiet the ego, and spiritual narcissism isn’t that widespread. Scott Barry Kaufman, Scientific American, "The Science of Spiritual Narcissism," 4 Jan. 2021 Can these figures, having long stirred up conspiracy among their political base, now help quiet it? Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "The Long Prologue to the Capitol Hill Riot," 18 Jan. 2021 Still, all that quiet inside Soldier Field just feels so uncomfortable. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Broadcasting road games from a kitchen. Cobwebs in the seats. For Jeff Joniak, voice of the Chicago Bears, Season 20 has been unlike any other.," 31 Dec. 2020 When Hurricane Delta hit Puerto Morelos, Mexico, in October, the Brigade waited anxiously for the sea to quiet. Star Tribune, "Insuring nature against climate change," 10 Dec. 2020

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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 2b

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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Time Traveler for quiet

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The first known use of quiet was in the 14th century

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3 Mar 2021

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“Quiet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quiet. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for quiet

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)

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

quiet

noun
qui·​et | \ ˈkwī-ət How to pronounce quiet (audio) \

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.

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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