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 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 Then, in the final days of an awful year, in the quiet of Christmas morning, a man bent on mass destruction drove an R.V. loaded with explosives into the heart of Nashville’s downtown. New York Times, "A Tornado, a Pandemic and Now a Bombing: ‘Nashville Strong’ Is Tested," 28 Dec. 2020 The Clippers looked rested after spending the event in the quiet of their locker room in a near-empty Staples Center. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Lakers look like champs for a moment, then just look tired and tight on opening night," 22 Dec. 2020 And yet, news of the announcement was met with relative quiet on Monday, in stark contrast to other recent charging decisions by Freeman's office. Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, "Prosecutors: No charges against officers in Chiasher Vueshooting in north Minneapolis," 21 Dec. 2020 Chris Bassitt’s wife, Jessica, brought baby Landry to the games — along with a crib, a blackout tent and noise machine, so that Landry could take a nap in the relative quiet of the suite’s bathroom. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "Families in A’s playoff bubble make a lot of suite noise: ‘We really went for it’," 2 Oct. 2020 Occasionally the loud ring of a phone interrupted the quiet with a customer calling in an order, which, when ready, a server would place in a bag and run outside to the curb. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "In downtown Anchorage, a longtime family restaurant clings to hope," 24 Dec. 2020 The diminutive lawyer summoned his courage, moved his electric piano to beneath a windowsill and flung the window open, letting in the thick, wary quiet of a city terrified of the virus. Matina Stevis-gridneff New York Times, Star Tribune, "A Holocaust survivor lifts neighbors in dark times," 4 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And Bad Henry Aaron was not as cartoon villain, but a quiet and dignified threat to our team’s well-being. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "‘Bad Henry’ Aaron was feared, not hated, by fans of teams he destroyed," 23 Jan. 2021 The surreal moment was not lost on those attending the ceremony or walking the streets of the heavily militarized city, eerily empty and quiet on a day that has historically drawn hundreds of thousands of Americans to the capital. Eli Stokols, Los Angeles Times, "‘Grim and beautiful,’ Biden’s inauguration a day of jarring juxtapositions," 20 Jan. 2021 But as of Sunday afternoon, pro-Trump protests appeared to be scattered, small and quiet, with only a few, sometimes armed, demonstrators appearing outside statehouses in South Carolina, Michigan and Ohio. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Starbucks closes some New York stores out of concern about possible protests," 18 Jan. 2021 But the grounds around capitols were generally empty and quiet early Sunday. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Protests start small at newly fortified U.S. statehouses," 17 Jan. 2021 But this time, as some members of his own party recoiled and accused him of committing impeachable offenses, Trump was isolated and quiet. Jonathan Lemire, Star Tribune, "Enduring 2nd impeachment, Trump stands largely silent, alone," 13 Jan. 2021 Today, Nagin Lake is desolate and quiet as a tomb, devoid even of the rowing touts who normally trawl the water. New York Times, "In Kashmir’s Stillness, Hopes Wither and Houseboats Sink," 11 Jan. 2021 These forces are often quiet instead of clownish; insidious, rather than brazen. Clio Chang, The New Republic, "Democrats Shouldn’t Just Restore American Democracy. They Should Reinvent It.," 9 Jan. 2021 Rohr and Lewis led these sessions, sometimes solo, often together, and their gentle manner onstage set a tone that invited us to attend, if only for a few brief moments, to something quiet and ancient and true. Fred Bahnson, Harpers Magazine, "The Gate of Heaven Is Everywhere," 5 Jan. 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, "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 Road games against Indiana and Notre Dame would quiet concerns about their schedule. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "Alabama, Georgia lead the way in early look at the Top 25 for the 2021 college football season," 12 Jan. 2021 Her daycare would not have the support and quiet that a young child would need. Yon Pomrenze, CNN, "Night school comes to the rescue for some kindergarteners and their parents," 9 Dec. 2020 Speculation on when or whether the Cowboys should make that move likely won’t quiet soon, as the team’s pass protection issues should only persist this weekend. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Why the Cowboys won’t move Zack Martin to tackle — at least not yet, anyway," 6 Nov. 2020 Cytokine storms may be responsible for many of the severe cases of Covid-19, and a number of researchers are testing drugs that might be able to quiet them. New York Times, "Doctors Are Skeptical of Pricey Drug Given Emergency Approval for Covid," 4 Dec. 2020 Republican opposition to nominees like Office of Management and Budget pick Neera Tanden could help quiet liberal skepticism of some of Biden’s choices. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "GOP shifts from attacking socialists to 'corporate liberals' as Biden Cabinet takes shape," 2 Dec. 2020 The crowd interrupted his speech with a loud chorus of boos, but McCain held up his hands to quiet them. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Will Trump give a concession speech or congratulate Biden? If not, he'll break more than a century of tradition," 6 Nov. 2020 Cowboys defenders did their best to quiet that talk. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Dallas Cowboys defenders spearhead decisive win, hope to quiet questions of effort," 14 Dec. 2020 McCarthy needs to quiet some of the criticism that has taken root. David Moore, Dallas News, "How a win over the Bengals creates a conundrum for Andy Dalton, Mike McCarthy and Cowboys fans," 13 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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The first known use of quiet was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

26 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Quiet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quiet. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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