Definitions for: Quiet


[n] a disposition free from stress or emotion
[n] the absence of sound; "he needed silence in order to sleep"; "the street was quiet"
[n] an untroubled state; free from disturbances
[n] a period of calm weather; "there was a lull in the storm"
[adv] with little or no activity or especially agitation; "her hands rested quietly in her lap"; "the rock star was quietly led out the back door"; (`quiet' is a nonstandard variant for `quietly' as in"sit here as quiet as you can")
[adj] (astronomy; of the sun) characterized by a low level of surface phenomena like sun spots e.g.
[adj] free from disturbance; "a ribbon of sand between the angry sea and the placid bay"; "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"
[adj] without untoward incident or disruption; "a placid existence"; "quiet times"
[adj] in a softened tone; "hushed voices"; "muted trumpets"; "a subdued whisper"; "a quiet reprimand"
[adj] not showy or obtrusive; "clothes in quiet good taste"
[adj] free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound; "a quiet audience at the concert"; "the room was dark and quiet"
[adj] characterized by an absence or near absence of agitation or activity; "a quiet life"; "a quiet throng of onlookers"; "quiet peace-loving people"; "the factions remained quiet for almost 10 years"
[v] make calm or still; "quiet the dragons of worry and fear"
[v] become quiet or quieter; "The audience fell silent when the speaker entered"



Webster (1913) Definition: Qui"et, a. [Compar. Quieter; superl. Quietest.] [L.
quietus, p. p. pf quiescere to rest, keep quiet; akin to
quies rest, and prob. to E. while, n. See While, and cf.
Coy, a., Quiesce, Quietus, Quit, a., Quite,
Requiem.]
1. In a state of rest or calm; without stir, motion, or
agitation; still; as, a quiet sea; quiet air.

They . . . were quiet all the night, saying, In the
morning, when it is day, we shall kill him. --Judg.
xvi. 2.

2. Free from noise or disturbance; hushed; still.

3. Not excited or anxious; calm; peaceful; placid; settled;
as, a quiet life; a quiet conscience. `` So quiet and so
sweet a style.'' --Shak.

That son, who on the quiet state of man Such trouble
brought. --Milton.

4. Not giving offense; not exciting disorder or trouble; not
turbulent; gentle; mild; meek; contented.

The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit. --1 Pet.
iii. 4.

I will sit as quiet as a lamb. --Shak.

5. Not showy; not such as to attract attention;
undemonstrative; as, a quiet dress; quiet colors; a quiet
movement.

Syn: Still; tranquil; calm; unruffled; smooth; unmolested;
undisturbed; placid; peaceful; mild; peaceable; meek;
contented.


Qui"et, n. [L. quies, -etis. See Quiet, a.]
1. The quality or state of being quiet, or in repose; as an
hour or a time of quiet.

2. Freedom from disturbance, noise, or alarm; stillness;
tranquillity; peace; security.

And join with thee, calm Peace and Quiet. --Milton.

At quiet, still; peaceful.

In quiet, quietly. `` I will depart in quiet.'' --Shak.

Out of quiet, disturbed; restless. [Obs.] ``She is much out
of quiet.'' --Shak.


Qui"et, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quieted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Quieting.]
1. To stop motion in; to still; to reduce to a state of rest,
or of silence.

2. To calm; to appease; to pacify; to lull; to allay; to
tranquillize; as, to quiet the passions; to quiet clamors
or disorders; to quiet pain or grief.

Quiet yourselves, I pray, and be at peace. --Shak.


Qui"et, v. i.
To become still, silent, or calm; -- often with down; as, be
soon quieted down.

Synonyms: calm, calm, calm down, catlike, dreamy, hush, hushed, lull, lull, muted, noiseless, pipe down, placid, placidity, quiesce, quiescent, quiet down, quieten, quieten, quietly, relaxing, repose, reposeful, restful, restrained, serenity, silence, silent, slumberous, slumbrous, soft, soundless, still, still, stilly, subdued, tiptoe, tranquil, tranquility, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillity, tranquillity, tranquillize, uneventful, unostentatious, unpretentious, unruffled, untroubled

Antonyms: active, agitate, charge, charge up, commove, excite, louden, noisy, rouse, sound, turn on, unquiet, unquietly

See Also: appease, assuage, assure, ataraxia, calm, calmness, calmness, change intensity, comfort, compose, composure, conciliate, console, equanimity, gentle, gruntle, hush, inaudible, lenify, mollify, order, pacify, peaceful, placate, quietness, reassure, solace, soothe, sound property, soundlessness, speechlessness, still, stillness, tame, unagitated, undisturbed, unhearable

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Famous Quotes Containing Quiet:


The good and the wise lead quiet lives.

-- Euripides (Greek Poet)

I enjoy spending time at home or going out for a quiet meal in a restaurant.

-- Jamie Redknapp (English Athlete)

I've gone through the village of my songwriting and my artistry, and I've gone through lots of different phases, including one where it has been very quiet and abandoned me for a few years.

-- Carly Simon (American Musician)

Peter remained very quiet and shy, but when he spoke it made sense.

-- Jonathan King (English Musician)

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.

-- Ann Landers (American Journalist)

O Death, rock me asleep, bring me to quiet rest, let pass my weary guiltless ghost out of my careful breast.

-- Anne Boleyn (English Royalty)

The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.

-- Jonathan Swift (Irish Writer)

It was so quiet, you could hear a pun drop.

-- Bugs Baer ( -)

I have commenced my auspicious reign and am in quiet possession of the Presidential Mansion... this winter I intend to do something in the way of entertaining that shall be the admiration and talk of all Washington world.

-- Julia Gardiner Tyler (American First Lady)

For no art and no religion is possible until we make allowances, until we manage to keep quiet the enfant terrible of logic that plays havoc with the other faculties.

-- John C. Ransom ( -)

Steve is very quiet, even shy. I am very gregarious. So, opposites.

-- Jayne Meadows (American Actress)

Try to arrange things so that you can have a reasonable bit of quiet every day.

-- Evelyn Underhill (English Writer)

I'm a pretty quiet guy, but if people want to think of me as a lady killer, I guess that's good.

-- James Woods (American Actor)

I kept quiet for eight years. I did not want to hurt the church.

-- Jessica Hahn (American Celebrity)

At the moment you are no longer an observing, reflecting being; you have ceased to be aware of yourself; you exist only in that quiet, steady thrill that is so unlike any excitement that you have ever known.

-- May Sinclair (British Writer)

Christ was only crucified once and for a few hours. Think of the hundreds of thousands whom Christ has been crucifying in a quiet way ever since.

-- Samuel Butler (British Poet)

Anything for a quiet life.

-- Thomas Middleton (English Poet)

With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.

-- William Wordsworth (English Poet)

Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.

-- Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish Writer)

I got to know Sterling Hayden fairly well. He was a quiet man, who got more complicated as the years went on.

-- Marie Windsor (American Actress)

I own property in a quiet little town of Pennsylvania.

-- Davy Jones (English Musician)

I want to be a person who makes a quiet difference.

-- Ali MacGraw (American Actress)

You know, the men go to tea houses with the expectation that they will have a nice quiet evening and not read about it the next morning in the newspaper.

-- Arthur Golden (American Writer)

It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.

-- Joseph Addison (English Writer)

An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.

-- Walter Bagehot (English Author)

I was a shy, quiet kid. I was happiest playing by myself with my toys, rather than hanging around people.

-- Christian Slater (American Actor)

In the laughing times we know that we are lucky, and in the quiet times we know that we are blessed. And we will not be alone.

-- Dar Williams (American Musician)

In quiet moments when you think about it, you recognize what is critically important in life and what isn't. Be wise and don't let good things crowd out those that are essential.

-- Richard G. Scott (American Clergyman)

A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.

-- Bertrand Russell (British Philosopher)

I have a quiet and an artistic side that many people don't know of.

-- Kiana Tom (American Model)

I was just a quiet kid, really. I wasn't the class clown at all.

-- Greg Kinnear (American Actor)

Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.

-- Agatha Christie (English Writer)

In quiet places, reason abounds.

-- Adlai E. Stevenson (American Politician)

I'd do the same things, but I'd be a little more quiet.

-- Jack Whittaker (American Celebrity)

Remember the quiet wonders. The world has more need of them than it has for warriors.

-- Charles de Lint (Canadian Writer)


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