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 qui&emacron;tus, past participle of qui&emacron;scere, to rest; see kwei&schwa;- 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.