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 What has been startling during workouts is the quiet of these football players at work. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Why the real breakout star of Broncos camp is 60-year-old dude hiding his gut under a sweatshirt," 20 July 2019 The next night, Rosemary and Leno LaBianca were stabbed to death in their Los Feliz home.(Associated Press) After midnight Aug. 9, 1969, the nighttime quiet of Benedict Canyon was broken by screams and gunshots. Times Staff Reports, Los Angeles Times, "Remembering the victims of the Manson murders," 28 July 2019 Where the peace and quiet isn’t always peaceful or quiet. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde5: My miniseason of lobsters, reefs and ... pirates," 25 July 2019 And Jordan, in his own quiet away, agrees, if not with quite the same verve. Dugan Arnett, BostonGlobe.com, "Father, son ‘all-in’ on teen’s bid for eSports stardom," 6 July 2019 However, Tabitha and Luca aren’t thinking of anyone but each other in the dark quiet of Luca’s apartment. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix’s Trinkets Recap," 15 June 2019 The stunning grand dames of Bad Gastein have undeniably gorgeous bones but most are uninhabited, bringing an eerie quiet to the fairy tale setting. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This Austrian Spa and Ski Town Is Straight Out of a Wes Anderson Film," 11 Jan. 2019 The relative quiet was broken Sunday night by what Israel described as an intelligence-gathering mission gone wrong. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Israel, Gaza Militants Exchange Heavy Fire After Raid Goes Awry," 12 Nov. 2018 Many women choose to keep their pregnancy quiet until after the first trimester precisely because miscarriage is so common. Glamour, "Hilaria Baldwin Just Shared She Is ‘Most Likely Experiencing a Miscarriage’," 4 Apr. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The engine clicks off and the Led Zeppelin guitar goes quiet. Longreads, "Kissed a Girl," 7 Nov. 2019 Splitting in the woods makes for a quieter and cleaner yard—and reduces handling. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Ultimate Guide To Cutting and Splitting Firewood," 6 Nov. 2019 Justin has pretty much remained quiet on Selena's new music, but fans think his actions speak louder than words. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Justin Bieber Went On a Road Trip Alone and People Think It's Cause of Selena Gomez," 5 Nov. 2019 Remaining quiet, meanwhile, will result in a sentence of either one year or 10. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "John Nash’s Nobel Prize Sells for $735,000," 29 Oct. 2019 Mikel Brady, 30, remained quiet when the sentence was handed down. Fox News, "North Carolina inmate sentenced to death in failed escape that killed four," 29 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, Centineo has kept quiet about his love life. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Red Carpet Debut! Noah Centineo and Alexis Ren Are Hand-in-Hand at L.A. Event," 27 Oct. 2019 In the Santa Cruz area, there is a small group of scientists who specialize in such finds and mainly keep quiet about them. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Whale skull washes up in Marin: What’s coming next?," 27 Oct. 2019 Yet, James remained quiet on the China topic until Monday. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "LeBron James' controversial comments 'furthers his brand power in China'," 17 Oct. 2019 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 But apart from season umpteen of The Walking Dead and rumors of a World War Z sequel, the undead have quieted of late, awaiting the next lightning bolt, the next experiment gone wrong. Ross Douthat, National Review, "Skip Zombieland 2 and Watch Lupita Nyong’o in Little Monsters," 24 Oct. 2019 The moans and whispers of the other prisoners had quieted, like the calm before a storm. David Canfield, EW.com, "Read an excerpt from Blood Heir, the year's most controversial YA novel," 17 Oct. 2019 Warren has fueled her rise with her detailed policy proposals and a warm, personable style that has quieted some of the criticism that has been leveled at her in the past as being pedantic and hard-edged. Los Angeles Times, "Rivals in Democratic debate make clear they see Warren as the front-runner," 16 Oct. 2019 Speaking out about her politics has finally quieted some of the rumors about her views and given her a way to shut down conservatives and far-right elements trying to claim her as an ally. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Talked Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and “Repulsive” White Supremacy in Rolling Stone Interview," 18 Sep. 2019 But these denials have done little to quiet the controversy, according to Vanity Fair. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Could Prince Andrew’s role in Jeffrey Epstein scandal stop a next royal wedding?," 20 Aug. 2019 Sessions, though, had not revealed the name of that person, and his public comments have done little to quiet the cries for a second special counsel. Matt Zapotosky, chicagotribune.com, "Sessions rebuffs GOP calls for second special counsel to probe FBI," 30 Mar. 2018 Sessions’s, though, had not revealed the name of that person, and his public comments have done little to quiet the cries for a second special counsel. Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post, "Sessions, for now, rebuffs GOP calls for second special counsel to probe FBI actions in Clinton and Russia probes," 29 Mar. 2018 When Durant went down, Raptors fans cheered and had to be quieted by Toronto and Golden State players. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Kevin Durant Undergoes Successful Surgery for Ruptured Achilles," 12 June 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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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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