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quiet

noun qui·et \ ˈkwī-ət \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of quiet

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

Examples of quiet in a Sentence

  1. 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 AngelouGourmetNovember 2002
  2. 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 MorettiNewsweek5 Aug. 2002
  3. the quiet of a wooded trail

  4. Can I have some quiet here? I'm trying to study.

  5. I need a little peace and quiet.

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Origin and Etymology of quiet

Middle English, from Anglo-French quiete, Latin quiet-, quies rest, quiet — more at while


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quiet

adjective

Definition of quiet

1 a :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
2 a :free from noise or uproar :still
b :unobtrusive, conservative
  • quiet clothes
3 :secluded
  • a quiet nook

quietly

adverb

quietness

noun

Examples of quiet in a Sentence

  1. 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 BavadamSaveurOctober 2008
  2. 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 WeilTime17 Oct. 2005
  3. 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 MasonWorking Against Odds2004
  4. 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. MyersPsychology2001
  5. the quiet hum of the refrigerator

  6. He spoke in a very quiet voice.

  7. Surprisingly, the class was quiet.

  8. He's a very quiet person.

  9. She has a quiet disposition.

  10. During the morning, business was quiet.

  11. Some days at the store are quieter than others.

  12. a quiet stretch of road

  13. He led a quiet life.

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Origin and Etymology of quiet

Middle English, from Middle French quiete, from Latin quietus, from past participle of quiescere


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quiet

adverb

Definition of quiet

:in a quiet manner
  • an engine that runs quiet

Examples of quiet in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of quiet

see 2quiet

quiet Synonyms

Synonyms
motionlessly, still, quietly
Related Words
immovably; inactively
Near Antonyms
movably

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quiet

verb

Definition of quiet

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

quieter

noun

Examples of quiet in a Sentence

  1. 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 KepnerNew York Times29 June 2003
  2. 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 GordonAtlanticMay 1999
  3. 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. RaskinNew York Times Book Review10 Dec. 1989
  4. the museum docent told the rowdy youngsters to quiet down for the tour

  5. quiet a crying toddler with candy

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Origin and Etymology of quiet

Middle English, from Late Latin quietare to set free, to calm, from Latin quietus

quiet Synonyms

Synonyms
calm (down), chill out [slang], cool, hush, pipe down, settle (down), cool it
Antonyms
act up, carry on, cut up
Related Words
dry up; relax, tranquilize (also tranquillize), unwind, zone out
Near Antonyms
clown (around), fool around, horse around, monkey (around), show off, skylark


QUIET Defined for English Language Learners

quiet

noun

Definition of quiet for English Language Learners

  • : the quality or state of being quiet or calm


quiet

adjective

Definition of quiet for English Language Learners

  • : making very little noise

  • : not talking

  • : tending not to talk very much


quiet

verb

Definition of quiet for English Language Learners

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


QUIET Defined for Kids

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quiet

noun qui·et \ ˈkwī-ət \

Definition of quiet for Students

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

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quiet

adjective

Definition of quiet for Students

quieter; quietest
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

quietly

adverb
  • Speak quietly.

quietness

noun

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quiet

adverb

Definition of quiet for Students

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

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quiet

verb

Definition of quiet for Students

quieted; quieting
:to make or become calmer or less noisy
  • She tried to quiet the crowd.

Law Dictionary

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quiet

adjective qui·et

legal Definition of quiet

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

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quiet

transitive verb

legal Definition of quiet

: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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