When you want to be quiet you whisper.
An example of quiet is the sound of a whisper.
- still; calm; motionless
- not noisy; hushed: a quiet motor
- not speaking; silent
- not agitated, as in motion; gentle: a quiet sea
- not easily excited or disturbed: a quiet disposition
- not ostentatious or pretentious: quiet furnishings
- not forward; unobtrusive: a quiet manner
- secluded: a quiet den
- secret; private; concealed: let's keep this matter quiet
- peaceful and relaxing: a quiet evening at home
- Commerce not busy: a quiet day on the stock exchange
Origin of quietMiddle English quiete from Old French from Classical Latin quietus, past participle of quiescere, to become quiet from quies (gen. quietis), rest from Indo-European base an unverified form kweye-, to rest from source while
- a quiet state or condition; calmness, stillness, inactivity, freedom from noise, etc.
- a quiet or peaceful quality; freedom from turmoil or agitation
- to make quiet; calm or pacify, bring to rest, etc.
- to allay (fear, doubt, etc.)
- Law to make (a title) unassailable by freeing the fact of ownership from interference, disturbance, or question
- Making or characterized by little or no noise: a quiet library; a quiet street; a quiet, well tuned engine.
- a. Free of turmoil and agitation; calm: a quiet lake; a quiet place in the country.b. Providing or allowing relaxation; restful; soothing: a quiet afternoon nap; a quiet tune on the flute.
- Not showy or bright; subdued: a room decorated in quiet colors.
- Restrained, as in style; understated: a quiet strength; a quiet life.
- Out of public scrutiny; known or discussed by few: wanted to keep the incident quiet until after the election.
verbqui·et·ed, qui·et·ing, qui·ets
- To cause to become quiet: The teacher quieted the students.
- To make (a title) secure by freeing from uncertainties or adverse claims as to the ownership.
Origin of quietMiddle English from Old French from Latin quiētus past participle of quiēscere to rest ; see kweiə- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative quieter, superlative quietest)
- With little or no sound; free from of disturbing noise.
- I can't hear the music, it is too quiet.
- Having little motion or activity; calm.
- the sea was quiet; a quiet night at home; all quiet on the Western front
- Not busy, of low quantity.
- The traffic was quiet for a Monday morning.
- Business was quiet for the season.
- Not talking much or not talking loudly; reserved.
- He's a very quiet man usually, but is very chatty after a few beers.
- Not showy; undemonstrative.
- a quiet dress; quiet colours; a quiet movement
(third-person singular simple present quiets, present participle quieting, simple past and past participle quieted)
Often confused with quite.