Definition of


  1. (noun, state) a period of calm weather
  2. (noun, state) an untroubled state; free from disturbances
  3. (noun, attribute) the absence of sound
    the street was quiet
  4. (noun, attribute) a disposition free from stress or emotion
  5. (verb, perception) become quiet or quieter
  6. (verb, emotion) make calm or still
  7. (adj, all) characterized by an absence or near absence of agitation or activity
    a quiet throng of onlookers
    quiet peace-loving people
    the factions remained quiet for almost 10 years
  8. (adj, all) free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound
    the room was dark and quiet
  9. (adj, all) not showy or obtrusive
  10. (adj, all) in a softened tone
    muted trumpets
    a subdued whisper
    a quiet reprimand
  11. (adj, all) (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves
    the quiet waters of a lagoon
    a lake of tranquil blue water reflecting a tranquil blue sky
    a smooth channel crossing
    scarcely a ripple on the still water
    unruffled water
  12. (adj, all) of the sun characterized by a low level of surface phenomena like sunspots e.g.
  13. (adv, all) with little or no activity or no agitation (`quiet' is a nonstandard variant for `quietly')
    the rock star was quietly led out the back door
    sit here as quiet as you can

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Quiet

active, noisy, unquiet

Origin of the word Quiet

  1. c.1300, from O.Fr. quiete, from L. quies (gen. quietis) "rest, quiet," from PIE base *qwi- "rest" (cf. Goth. hveila, O.E. hwil "space of time;" see while). The adj. is attested from 1382; the verb is first attested 1440. Quietism is attested from 1687, on model of mysticism, originally in ref. to the mysticism of Molinas (… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Quiet

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