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 On a recent summer day, Carol Ziemkiewicz sat in the quiet of a kitchen of her townhouse in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. Mike Kelly, USA TODAY, 15 July 2021 In comparison to the previous quiet, the homes were now filled with the bickering and laughter that come with daily life. Alysia Nicole Harris, Dallas News, 8 July 2021 The former dance hall is gone, leaving a peaceful quiet in its wake. Lukas Flippo, The Indianapolis Star, 2 July 2021 The goal silenced the Inter Miami fans, allowing the chants of a small group of Orlando City supporters to fill the quiet with their own chants. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, 25 June 2021 Take $240 Off Roborock’s Top-Of-The-Line Robot Vacuum Roborock’s top-of-the-line vacuum cleaner has an impressive suction power that remains whisper quiet at even the highest suction setting. Sholeen Damarwala, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Fenway takes on a different, edgier personality when the Yankees are in town, something even more pronounced now after the eerie quiet of last season. BostonGlobe.com, 27 June 2021 The relative quiet on the street was occasionally interrupted by the beeping of a firetruck in reverse or the whirring of a helicopter or the clap of thunder. Deborah Acosta, WSJ, 26 June 2021 Ideal for smaller spaces, this Levoit air purifier is whisper quiet at noise levels as low as 28dB and has a dual filter design. Kara Cuzzone, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In Florida, a clinic in Sarasota County was quiet, a brightly lit waiting area full of mostly empty chairs. BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2021 The tropical Atlantic has been quiet since Elsa made landfall as a tropical storm in Florida on July 7. Leigh Morgan, al, 23 July 2021 Meanwhile, other volcanic regions on Mars appear to be quiet. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 23 July 2021 Port Orford Heads was quiet after the war, and in 1970 the lifeboat station was decommissioned, bringing an end to the era of the surfmen. oregonlive, 22 July 2021 Watson has been quiet this offseason, even mostly abstaining from social media, except for a recent resurgence on Snapchat. Matt Young, Chron, 20 July 2021 Jae Crowder was quiet after a few early 3-pointers and a dunk. David Brandt, ajc, 18 July 2021 Jae Crowder was quiet after a few early 3-pointers and a dunk. David Brandt, Star Tribune, 18 July 2021 All was quiet on board the Charleston last night and the eight bells that struck just as a UNION reporter stepped on deck added to the funeral air that pervaded the ship. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 July 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 6 Feb. 2016 The boat goes quiet except for the occasional flap of the sail. Chris Jones, Esquire, 15 Sep. 2010 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Screaming into the microphone, Cruz tried to quiet the chants. Lautaro Grinspan, ajc, 22 July 2021 The impetus behind the activity is to focus your mind enough to quiet the thoughts that are keeping you awake. Dana Santas, CNN, 30 June 2021 The center has treated nine this year and expects to treat at least that many more before things quiet down. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 July 2021 But there is special anti-squeal grease that is applied to the backing plate of the brake pads, between the pads and caliper pistons, that is designed to quiet the squeal. Motormouth Bob Weber, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 Jared Sturgill led to a run in the second inning, while Havre de Grace shortstop Slayton Samuels made a nice 6-unassisted to 3 double play to help quiet the inning. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, 8 July 2021 Altuve hit a grand slam to briefly quiet constant booing directed at him and his Houston teammates, Yordan Álvarez and Michael Brantley homered, and the Astros snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-2 win over the Indians on Thursday night. Tom Withers, Chron, 1 July 2021 Arizona managed to quiet the fans who had rocked Petco Park the previous eight games, which were the first since 100% capacity was allowed under the state's reopening plan. Bernie Wilson, ajc, 27 June 2021 Friday's sales report did not break down Tesla sales by market, but the headline number should quiet some of the concerns about China, said Dan Ives a tech analyst with Wedbush Securities who has a buy recommendation on Tesla shares. Chris Isidore, CNN, 2 July 2021

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

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“Quiet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quiet. Accessed 30 Jul. 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

quiet

transitive verb

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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