Quiet



[kwahy-it] /ˈkwaɪ ɪt/

adjective, quieter, quietest.
1.
making no noise or sound, especially no disturbing sound:
quiet neighbors.
2.
free, or comparatively free, from noise:
a quiet street.
3.
silent:
Be quiet!
4.
restrained in speech, manner, etc.; saying little:
a quiet person.
5.
free from disturbance or tumult; tranquil; peaceful:
a quiet life.
6.
being at rest.
7.
refraining or free from activity, especially busy or vigorous activity:
a quiet Sunday afternoon.
8.
making no disturbance or trouble; not turbulent; peaceable:
The factions remained quiet for twenty years.
9.
motionless or moving very gently:
quiet waters.
10.
free from disturbing thoughts, emotions, etc.; mentally peaceful:
a quiet conscience.
11.
said, expressed, done, etc., in a restrained or unobtrusive way:
a quiet reproach; a quiet admonition.
12.
not showy or obtrusive; subdued:
quiet colors.
13.
not busy or active:
The stock market was quiet last week.
verb (used with object)
14.
to make quiet.
15.
to make tranquil or peaceful; pacify:
to quiet a crying baby.
16.
to calm mentally, as a person.
17.
to allay (tumult, doubt, fear, etc.).
18.
to silence.
verb (used without object)
19.
to become quiet (often followed by down).
[kwahy-it] /ˈkwaɪ ɪt/
noun
1.
freedom from noise, unwanted sound, etc.:
At least there’s quiet here.
2.
freedom from disturbance or tumult; tranquillity; rest; repose:
to live in quiet.
3.
peace; peaceful condition of affairs.
/ˈkwaɪət/
adjective
1.
characterized by an absence or near absence of noise: a quiet street
2.
characterized by an absence of turbulent motion or disturbance; peaceful, calm, or tranquil: a quiet glade, the sea is quiet tonight
3.
free from activities, distractions, worries, etc; untroubled: a quiet life, a quiet day at work
4.
marked by an absence of work, orders, etc; not busy: the factory is very quiet at the moment
5.
private; not public; secret: a quiet word with someone
6.
free from anger, impatience, or other extreme emotion: a quiet disposition
7.
free from pretentiousness or vain display; modest or reserved: quiet humour
8.
(astronomy) (of the sun) exhibiting a very low number of sunspots, solar flares, and other surface phenomena; inactive Compare active (sense 8)
noun
9.
the state of being silent, peaceful, or untroubled
10.
on the quiet, without other people knowing; secretly
verb
11.
a less common word for quieten
n.

c.1300, “freedom from disturbance or conflict; calm, stillness,” from Old French quiete “rest, repose, tranquility” and directly from Latin quies (genitive quietis) “a lying still, rest, repose, peace,” from PIE root *qwi- “rest” (cf. Old Persian shiyati-, Avestan shaiti- “well-being;” Avestan shyata- “happy;” Gothic hveila, Old English hwil “space of time;” see while (n.)). Late 14c. as “inactivity, rest, repose.”
adj.

late 14c., “peaceable, at rest, restful, tranquil,” from Old French quiet and directly from Latin quietus “calm, at rest, free from exertion,” from quies (genitive quietis) “rest” (see quiet (n.)). As an adverb from 1570s. Related: Quietly; quietness.
v.

late 14c., “subdue, lessen,” from quiet (adj.) and in part from Latin quietare. From mid-15c. as “to make silent, cause to be quiet;” intransitive sense of “become quiet, be silent” is from 1791. Related: Quieted; quieting.
In addition to the idiom beginning with
quiet

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