quiet

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

Essential Meaning of quiet

: the quality or state of being quiet or calm the quiet of a wooded trail Can I have some quiet here? I'm trying to study. I need a little peace and quiet.

Full 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 Hunt is one of many street performers who’ve recently retaken their spots around the city’s downtown, the Ferry Building and Pier 39 after pandemic-induced quiet. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Sep. 2021 Make time either before or after your treatment to enjoy the quiet in the Relaxation Room. Wendy Altschuler, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 The quiet of Pocahontas had initially sounded so idyllic. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 3 Sep. 2021 Today, locals with small vessels enjoy nothing more than tacking out and enjoying the peace and quiet of the ocean. Richard Quest And Joe Minihane, CNN, 19 Aug. 2021 Veteran catcher Francisco Cervelli punctured the quiet of a scoreless tie with a fifth-inning home run. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2021 By Wednesday, the frenzied convergence of neighbors, police and the mayor who visited the crime scene the night before had given way to an uneasy quiet. Washington Post, 19 May 2021 The crisis is palpable in the solemn quiet of the Providence critical care unit. oregonlive, 27 Aug. 2021 On the first day of the judo competition, Naohisa Takato of Japan found a way to embrace the quiet around him, discovering something reverential in an unusual day leading up to the gold-medal match. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Catcher Omar Narváez, who has been one of the Brewers' most consistent hitters this season, has been quiet at the plate in recent weeks. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Sep. 2021 Set on the Gulf coast with fewer than 10,000 residents, the town is considered safe, quiet, and relaxed. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 20 Sep. 2021 Be very demure, very, very quiet, always lowering their gaze. Lisa Selin Davis, CNN, 4 Sep. 2021 From Labor Day into October is one of the most beautiful times here, but about as quiet as town gets when everything is still seasonally open before winter closures - no crowds, plenty of choices. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 His not-so-quiet confidence and bravado are well-received by his teammates. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Aug. 2021 Two other seniors, Williams said, are leaders in the same mold of Broussard – quiet, but strong examples on the field. al, 24 Aug. 2021 Your bedroom should be quiet, dark, and cool, Robbins says, and there are easy hacks to get there. Simon Hill, Wired, 21 Aug. 2021 The streets were quiet, largely empty of traffic, interrupted by occasional bursts of gunfire and the roar of American military planes patrolling and conducting the round-the-clock evacuation. New York Times, 19 Aug. 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 Young made the tiebreaking basket with 0.9 seconds left in Game 1 and stamped himself as a villain figure for Knicks figures by holding his finger to his lip afterward to tell them to quiet down. Brian Mahoney, ajc, 27 May 2021 Young made the tiebreaking basket with 0.9 seconds left in Game 1 and stamped himself as a villain figure for Knicks figures by holding his finger to his lip afterward to tell them to quiet down. Brian Mahoney, Star Tribune, 26 May 2021 The Aztecs discovered a quick way to quiet the crowd, scoring three touchdowns in the game’s first eight minutes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Sep. 2021 Notre Dame will look to remove the drama and quiet the crowd with a big first quarter. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2021 For home games, the crowd got so noisy, Deal said, that quarterback Harry Gonzo had to wave for the fans to quiet, asking to be able to call out signals. Matt Cohen, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Sep. 2021 Promises are made, some men lose or change jobs, but things gradually quiet down until new allegations of dreadful workplace abuse are made. Todd Martens Game Critic, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2021 But those assurances don’t quiet the concerns of skeptics, who warn that the problems of the past will inevitably return. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 July 2021 Other bits of architectural microsurgery quiet the tower on the skyline, slightly. New York Times, 27 Apr. 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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23 Sep 2021

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

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More Definitions for quiet

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: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
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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