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

Verb

quieter 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 scene was quiet late Friday morning, with a stretch of 174th Avenue closed north of Powell Boulevard. oregonlive, "Woman killed, man hurt in SE Portland shooting," 30 Aug. 2019 He will be remembered by his family as a reserved and frugal man who had a quiet strength and an enormous heart. courant.com, "Frederick H. Rabideau Jr.," 29 Aug. 2019 Football coaches can’t ever let their minds go quiet. Melanie Laughman, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati high school football coaches: 'It gets to your soul, the things you see'," 28 Aug. 2019 Entering his fifth season as UW’s head coach, Chryst appears to have a quiet confidence in what the 2019 team could become. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Paul Chryst exudes a quiet confidence about UW's potential. Who's the No. 2 QB? And more.," 28 Aug. 2019 Saint-Paul-lès-Durance is a small, quiet village in the south of France, but the road leading there has been widened and reinforced to support large, heavy-weight vehicles. Giulia Pacchioni, Scientific American, "The Road to Fusion," 26 Aug. 2019 The agriculture industry, one of the state’s most politically and economically important forces, has largely stayed quiet in the climate change conversation even as the impacts have begun to take a toll on the bottom line. Alex Harris, sun-sentinel.com, "As climate change hits Florida agriculture, could the future be ‘carbon farming’?," 22 Aug. 2019 Harris gestured to the underside of the equipment, where another, much quieter world opens up. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "Shane’s Inspiration playground, designed for children of all cognitive, physical abilities, opens in Glendale," 20 Aug. 2019 The agriculture industry, one of the state’s most politically and economically important forces, has largely stayed quiet in the climate change conversation even as the impacts have begun to take a toll on the bottom line. Alex Harris, orlandosentinel.com, "As climate change hits Florida agriculture, farmers look for solutions," 15 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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

For years Unirule had faced pressure, including evictions from multiple offices, to quiet down, and yet had managed to go on functioning. The Economist, "China bans an independent think-tank critical of its policies," 29 Aug. 2019 The gallery hooted its approval as well, before Judge Celeste Bell quieted them. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "How a Flint court battle became Mateen Cleaves' most divisive victory," 21 Aug. 2019 Were there new neighborhoods with high violent crimes, or neighborhoods that had quieted down? Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Behind the Crime Counts data project," 9 June 2019 They were quieted a short time later when Jennifer Hermoso tied it up for Spain with the first goal the Americans had allowed in France. Anne M. Peterson, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. escapes with narrow win over Spain to advance to World Cup quarterfinals," 25 June 2019 They were quieted a short time later when Jennifer Hermoso tied it up for Spain with the first goal the Americans had allowed in France. Anchorage Daily News, "US in the World Cup quarterfinals after 2-1 win over Spain," 25 June 2019 The experience can be quieting, away from the demands of a busy life. Dolly Merritt, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Merritt: Demise of postcards and letters shouldn’t stop us from writing to those we care about," 20 July 2019 With the summer free agent frenzy finally quieting down, Nuggets Ink podcast host Matt Schubert and beat writer Mike Singer check back in to talk about an earth shattering two weeks in the NBA. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Nuggets Ink podcast: The Jerami Grant trade, Jamal Murray’s big contract and more NBA earthquakes in Vegas," 12 July 2019 But after a few years together, things have quieted into harmony and routine. Jennifer Bernstein, Vox, "Even as I question the institution of marriage and all its traditions, I find myself still wanting a ring.," 3 July 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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quiet

noun

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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