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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the town of Lyman, where fighting has raged in recent weeks, civilians used the relative quiet to make frantic dashes to the armored evacuation buses organized by the regional government. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 Pack in, pack out, and enjoy the peace and quiet of solitude. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 13 Apr. 2022 The relative quiet of the capital was sporadically broken by gunfire. Arkansas Online, 27 Feb. 2022 In the quiet of evening, after competition has ended, the venue echoes with a scudding sound of practice throws and the heavy thunk of takeouts. Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2022 The quick clean setting is the loudest but works the fastest, while night mode slowly filters the air and remains whisper quiet. Carly Kulzer, PEOPLE.com, 13 Apr. 2022 There will be no external lighting on the property with the solar farm quiet during the day and silent at night, according to the SunVest slideshow. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Apr. 2022 The i7, in particular, is whisper quiet at highway speeds with little wind or road noise penetrating the cabin. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 4 Apr. 2022 In contrast, backcountry skiing offers an extraordinary quiet. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Votto, who was animated in his jawing with Wick and the Cubs’ dugout, told the Cubs to keep quiet. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 26 May 2022 Since dating Styles, Wilde and the former One Direction star have been pretty quiet about their relationship. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 22 May 2022 And Brenda did get a position as news anchor on BYU’s television channel, but not for agreeing to keep quiet about a male communication adviser’s suggestive behavior. The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 May 2022 Things went south from the beginning of Saturday’s game and the Tide bats remained quiet as the hosts didn’t advance a baserunner past second base. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 21 May 2022 Nordstrom is still quiet about what exactly its annual Half-Yearly sale will include—which to us means there's a gold mine of deals waiting to be revealed. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 20 May 2022 While much of corporate America has remained quiet about the potential legal bombshell, some companies have taken a public stance and adopted new policies that expand employees' access to abortions. Max Zahn, ABC News, 20 May 2022 The progressive lawmaker, 32, stayed uncharacteristically quiet on social media over the last few weeks. Paul Best, Fox News, 19 May 2022 There was no way that Mary Martin, of Batavia, Illinois, was going to keep quiet when her mom, Deborah Martin, walked across the dais to receive her bachelors of nursing Sunday afternoon at the school’s Hammond campus. Michelle L. Quinn, Chicago Tribune, 16 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Some of the same companies staying quiet now have spoken up on human-rights issues in other parts of the world. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, 23 Jan. 2022 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 At night, lights along the valley climb the slopes of the back hills to quiet residential sections, while along the river, steel converters redden the sky. cleveland, 30 Dec. 2021 There was the poster on Boston superstar Jayson Tatum, when Brissett threw down a two-handed and-one slam to quiet a raucous crowd at TD Garden. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Apr. 2022 Time and success have helped quiet those questions as Walden’s world has begun to hum with buzzy shows. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 28 Apr. 2022 Shaffer: DeCosta, if only to quiet the growing narrative around his draft results — a narrative that conveniently ignores his hands-on contributions to the Ravens’ more successful classes. Baltimore Sun, 27 Apr. 2022 Eventually the two of them bade me farewell and walked arm in arm through the vast midway, enjoying the peace and quiet one last time before the gates opened and the carnival began. David Hill, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 The teacher, played by a Black actor, tries to quiet MacDonald down, waving his arms and wordlessly shouting. Alice Hines, Rolling Stone, 26 Apr. 2022 Blending vintage furnishings with eclectic artwork, the 38 villa rooms and quiet three pools here make for a modern retreat. Anna Haines, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 After the eighth inning, Cabrera pointed at the scoreboard and signaled to the crowd to quiet their negative reaction, and while most fans listened to the Tigers great, some continued to taunt Boone and the Yankees. Evan Petzold, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Quiet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quiet. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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