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Dictionary Definition

quiet adj
1 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" [ant: unquiet]
2 free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound; "a quiet audience at the concert"; "the room was dark and quiet" [ant: noisy]
3 not showy or obtrusive; "clothes in quiet good taste" [syn: restrained]
4 in a softened tone; "hushed voices"; "muted trumpets"; "a subdued whisper"; "a quiet reprimand" [syn: hushed, muted, subdued]
5 without untoward incident or disruption; "a placid existence"; "quiet times" [syn: placid]
6 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" [syn: placid, still, tranquil, unruffled]
7 of the sun; characterized by a low level of surface phenomena like sun spots e.g. [ant: active]

Noun

1 a period of calm weather; "there was a lull in the storm" [syn: lull]
2 an untroubled state; free from disturbances [syn: tranquillity]
3 the absence of sound; "he needed silence in order to sleep"; "the street was quiet" [syn: silence] [ant: sound]
4 a disposition free from stress or emotion [syn: repose, placidity, serenity, tranquillity, tranquility] adv : with little or no activity or no agitation (`quiet' is a nonstandard variant for `quietly'); "her hands rested quietly in her lap"; "the rock star was quietly led out the back door"; "sit here as quiet as you can" [syn: quietly] [ant: unquietly]

Verb

1 become quiet or quieter; "The audience fell silent when the speaker entered" [syn: quieten, hush, quiesce, quiet down, pipe down] [ant: louden]
2 make calm or still; "quiet the dragons of worry and fear" [syn: calm, calm down, tranquilize, tranquillize, tranquillise, quieten, lull, still] [ant: agitate]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Adjective

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  1. With little or no sound; denoting absence of disturbing noise.
  2. Having little motion or activity; calm.
    the sea was quiet; a quiet night at home; all quiet on the Western front.
  3. Not busy, of low quantity.
    the traffic was quiet for a Monday morning; business was quiet for the season.
  4. Not talking much or not talking loudly; reserved.

Translations

with little sound
having little motion
not busy
not talking

Verb

  1. To become quiet, silent, still, tranquil, calm.
  2. To cause someone to become quiet

Translations

Noun

  1. the absence of sound; quietness
  2. the absence of movement; stillness, tranquility

Translations

absence of sound
absence of movement

Usage notes

Often confused with quite.

Catalan

Pronunciation

  • Depending on dialect, [kiet] or [ki3t]

Adjective

  1. calm, stopped
  2. quiet

Synonyms

Extensive Definition

Quiet may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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