- An example of quite is nearly finished.
- An example of quite is very, very large.
Quite is defined as completely or entirely, or to an extreme.
- completely; entirely: are you quite convinced yet?
- really; truly; positively: quite the best view available
- to some, or a considerable, degree or extent; very or fairly: quite warm outside
Origin of quiteMiddle English quite: see quit,
just short of: it's not quite noon
quite a few (or bit, etc.)⌂
Informal more than a few (or bit, etc.)
certainly! I agree!
- To the greatest extent; completely: quite alone; not quite finished. See Usage Note at perfect.
- Actually; really: I'm quite positive about it.
- To a degree; rather: quite soon; quite tasty.
Origin of quiteMiddle English, from quite, clear, free, from Old French, from Latin qui&emacron;tus, freed; see quiet.
(comparative more quite, superlative most quite)
- To the greatest extent or degree; completely, entirely.
- With verbs, especially past participles. [from 14th c.]
- With prepositional phrases and spatial adverbs. [from 15th c.]
- With predicative adjectives. [from 15th c.]
- With attributive adjectives, following an (especially indefinite) article; chiefly as expressing contrast, difference etc. [from 16th c.]
- Preceding nouns introduced by the indefinite article. Chiefly in negative constructions. [from 16th c.]
- With adverbs of manner. [from 17th c.]
- In a fully justified sense; truly, perfectly, actually.
- Coming before the indefinite article and an attributive adjective. (Now largely merged with moderative senses, below.) [from 17th c.]
- With plain adjectives, past participles, and adverbs. [from 18th c.]
- Coming before the definite article and an attributive superlative. [from 18th c.]
- Before a noun preceded by an indefinite article; now often with ironic implications that the noun in question is particularly noteworthy or remarkable. [from 18th c.]
- Before a noun preceded by the definite article. [from 18th c.]
- (now rare) With prepositional or adverbial phrases. [from 18th c.]
- To a moderate extent or degree; somewhat, rather. [from 19th c.]
- This is a non-descriptive qualifier, similar to fairly and rather and somewhat. Used where a plain adjective needs to be modified, but cannot be qualified. When spoken, the meaning can vary with the tone of voice and stress. He was quite big can mean anything from "not exactly small" to "almost huge".
- (chiefly UK) Indicates agreement; "exactly so".
From Spanish quite.