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 : 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

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 The luxury cruise ship, once bustling with busy restaurants, trivia game nights and Broadway-style shows, has been reduced to an eerie quiet. Hillary Leung, Time, "Passengers on a Virus-Stricken Cruise Ship in Japan Speak About Life Under Quarantine," 6 Feb. 2020 In the month since, an uneasy quiet has settled over the region. Laurie Kellman, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump faces impeachment accusers in State of the Union: What to watch for during his speech," 4 Feb. 2020 On the first of Muharram a solemn quiet fell over the city. The Economist, "Trapped in Iran," 28 Jan. 2020 Each strike of his mallet cuts through the relative quiet of the world's second-largest tropical rainforest. Jenny Marc, CNN, "How a library of tree DNA could protect the world's forests," 25 Nov. 2019 After another round of violent clashes overnight, the city settled into an eerie quiet on Saturday, belying the undercurrent of anger over the government’s decision. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "A Provocateur of the Hong Kong Protests Gains Growing Stature," 5 Oct. 2019 There were quiet, moving character moments, like Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham) finding Shireen’s (Kerry Ingram) toy amid the ashes of her funeral pyre. James Hibberd, EW.com, "How the Game of Thrones episode 'Battle of the Bastards' forever changed TV," 21 Nov. 2019 The studious quiet of the Niles-Maine District library building was briefly broken Oct. 16 by loud protests over the library board’s approval of a slight increase in the district’s property tax levy. George Castle, chicagotribune.com, "Protests greet Niles-Maine Library board’s decision to raise tax levy slightly," 19 Oct. 2019 Soon, unspoken rules were laid down, and an uneasy quiet descended. BostonGlobe.com, "What’s better left unsaid in Bellingham? Politics - The Boston Globe," 6 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Speaking of that engine, despite the M badging and M Sport exhaust, the 523-hp N63 V-8 is never intrusive, and the X7's cabin is always insulated and quiet. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, "2020 BMW X7 M50i Arrives for a 40,000-Mile Test," 13 Feb. 2020 In her Hamlet, the escalation is quieter but just as deadly. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hamlet': Theater Review," 11 Feb. 2020 After a mild and quiet weather pattern, an arctic cold front will move through North Texas late Tuesday with falling temperatures. Dallas News, "A mild start to February," 2 Feb. 2020 Amazingly, given its off-road capability, the Tremor was smooth and reasonably quiet at highway speeds on road and in suburban driving. cleveland, "Ford’s 2020 F-series Super Duty Tremor off-road pickup could be a super-size hit (review)," 1 Feb. 2020 The announcement is the latest sign of quiet but warming relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia. SFChronicle.com, "News of the Day From Around the World," 26 Jan. 2020 One of the easiest ways to promote better sleep is to create the optimal environment: a bedroom that’s dark or dimly lit (use blackout shades if needed), not too hot or cold, and quiet. NBC News, "Is your child sleep deprived? Here's how it can affect their development," 23 Jan. 2020 Amazingly, given its off-road capability, the Tremor was smooth and reasonably quiet at highway speeds on road and in suburban driving. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Ford’s 2020 F-series Super Duty Tremor off-road pickup could be a super-sized hit," 21 Jan. 2020 Easterling said that David was quiet but, then, so were the other two. cincinnati.com, "Accused podcast, Season 3, Chapter 6: Last day laid bare," 14 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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 Responses to Duncanville’s non-district advertisements in online coaching circles have quieted. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "A rare peril: How dominance can become a hindrance for powerhouse football teams’ non-district schedules," 29 Jan. 2020 Even the thrushes had quieted down at that hour, and that single snap reverberated through the boreal timber like a gunshot. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "How Hard Does Hunting Have to Be?," 30 Dec. 2019 After decades of bloody battles and violent raids, things have quieted down for the medieval fortress, which, nowadays, teems with more tourists than soldiers and offers pleasant views of Loch Ness. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Job Hunting? How About Working at a Stunning Scottish Castle?," 25 Dec. 2019 The impeachment fight also has quieted liberal House Democrats who had complained that Pelosi was too cautious by refusing to impeach the president after special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference. Susan Page, USA TODAY, "Analysis: For Trump and Pelosi, impeachment will shape their legacies and their futures," 20 Dec. 2019 The play of junior forward Nick Richards through two games and a seemingly-ahead-of-schedule team in defensive intensity had quieted those concerns. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Shocking Evansville loss leaves Kentucky basketball asking familiar questions," 13 Nov. 2019 If Senator Elizabeth Warren thought her proposal to pay for would quiet her critics and rivals, that plan didn’t work. BostonGlobe.com, "Medicare for All," 4 Nov. 2019 Perhaps their 51-13 blowout win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday will quiet the critics. oregonlive, "San Francisco 49ers post most dominant win of the season to remain perfect," 28 Oct. 2019 After adding the rice, the boiling pot will quiet down, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to relax. Bon Appétit, "Not My Amu’s Chicken Thigh Biryani," 23 Oct. 2019

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

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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Quiet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quiet. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for quiet

quiet

noun
How to pronounce quiet (audio)

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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