- The definition of quiet is making little or no movement or sound.
An example of quiet is the sound of a whisper.
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- 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
- peaceful and relaxing: a quiet evening at home
- Commerce not busy: a quiet day on the stock exchange
Origin: Middle 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
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adjective qui·et·er, qui·et·est
- Making little or no noise: quiet neighbors; a quiet engine.
- Free of loud noise; hushed: a quiet street.
- Calm and unmoving; still: a quiet lake.
- Free of turmoil and agitation; untroubled. See Synonyms at still1.
- Restful; soothing: a quiet afternoon nap; a quiet tune on the flute.
- Tranquil; serene: a quiet place in the country.
- Not showy or garish; subdued: a room decorated in quiet colors.
- Restrained in style; understated: a quiet strength; a quiet life.
- To cause to become quiet.
- Law To make (a title) secure by freeing from all questions or challenges.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin quiētus, past participle of quiēscere, to rest; see kweiə- in Indo-European roots.
- quiˈet·ly adverb
- quiˈet·ness noun