- Inflections of 'quiet' (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."):
- adj comparative
- adj superlative
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
qui•et1 /ˈkwaɪɪt/USA pronunciation
adj., -er, -est, n., v. adj.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
n. [uncountable]the quality or state of being quiet;
- making little or no noise or sound:quiet neighbors.
- having little or no noise:a quiet street.
- silent:[be + ~]Be quiet!
- reserved in speech or manner:a quiet, private sort of person.
- free from disturbance or excitement:a quiet life in the country.
- free from activity:a quiet Sunday afternoon.
- still or barely moving:quiet waters.
- not readily noticed by others:raised an eyebrow in quiet reproach.
- not active:The stock market was quiet last week.
qui•et•ness, n. [uncountable]See -quie-.
- to (cause to) become quiet: [~ + object]He tried to quiet the howling dogs.[no object; (~ + down)]The dogs quieted (down).
- to make tranquil or peaceful:[~ + object]She tried to quiet the jittery children.
- to put to rest:[~ + object]Her father quieted her fears.
(kwī′it),USA pronunciation adj., -er, -est, v. adj.
- making no noise or sound, esp. no disturbing sound:quiet neighbors.
- free, or comparatively free, from noise:a quiet street.
- silent:Be quiet!
- restrained in speech, manner, etc.;
saying little:a quiet person.
- free from disturbance or tumult;
peaceful:a quiet life.
- being at rest.
- refraining or free from activity, esp. busy or vigorous activity:a quiet Sunday afternoon.
- making no disturbance or trouble;
peaceable:The factions remained quiet for twenty years.
- motionless or moving very gently:quiet waters.
- free from disturbing thoughts, emotions, etc.;
mentally peaceful:a quiet conscience.
- said, expressed, done, etc., in a restrained or unobtrusive way:a quiet reproach; a quiet admonition.
- not showy or obtrusive;
- not busy or active:The stock market was quiet last week.
- to make quiet.
- to make tranquil or peaceful;
pacify:to quiet a crying baby.
- to calm mentally, as a person.
- to allay (tumult, doubt, fear, etc.).
- to silence.
- to become quiet (often fol. by down).
- Late Latin quiētāre, derivative of quiētus. Compare coy
- Latin quiētus, past participle of quiēscere (see quiescent); (verb, verbal) Middle English quieten, partly derivative of the adjective, adjectival, partly
- Middle French)
- (adjective, adjectival) Middle English ( 1350–1400
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See still 1.
- 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged calm, serene.
- 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged unmoving.
- 14.See corresponding entry in Unabridged still, hush, silence.
- 15, 17.See corresponding entry in Unabridged lull, soothe.
(kwī′it),USA pronunciation n.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged noisy.
- 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged perturbed.
- 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged active.
- freedom from noise, unwanted sound, etc.:At least there's quiet here.
- freedom from disturbance or tumult;
repose:to live in quiet.
peaceful condition of affairs.
- Latin quiēt- (stem of quiēs) rest, peace; akin to quiēscere (see quiescent)
- Middle French quiete)
- Middle English quiet(e) ( 1300–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged silence.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged calm, stillness.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged noise.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged disturbance.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
quiet /ˈkwaɪət/ adj
- characterized by an absence or near absence of noise
- characterized by an absence of turbulent motion or disturbance; peaceful, calm, or tranquil: a quiet glade, the sea is quiet tonight
- free from activities, distractions, worries, etc; untroubled: a quiet life, a quiet day at work
- marked by an absence of work, orders, etc; not busy: the factory is very quiet at the moment
- private; not public; secret: a quiet word with someone
- free from anger, impatience, or other extreme emotion
- free from pretentiousness or vain display; modest or reserved: quiet humour
- (of the sun) exhibiting a very low number of sunspots, solar flares, and other surface phenomena; inactive
- the state of being silent, peaceful, or untroubled
- on the quiet ⇒ without other people knowing; secretly
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin quiētus, past participle of quiēscere to rest, from quiēs repose, restˈquietness n
- a less common word for quieten
'quiet' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):