What does quiet mean?

Definitions for quiet
ˈkwaɪ ɪtqui·et

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word quiet.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lull, quietnoun

    a period of calm weather

    "there was a lull in the storm"

  2. tranquillity, tranquility, quietnoun

    an untroubled state; free from disturbances

  3. silence, quietnoun

    the absence of sound

    "he needed silence in order to sleep"; "the street was quiet"

  4. repose, quiet, placidity, serenity, tranquillity, tranquilityadjective

    a disposition free from stress or emotion

  5. quietadjective

    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"

  6. quietadjective

    free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound

    "a quiet audience at the concert"; "the room was dark and quiet"

  7. quiet, restrainedadjective

    not showy or obtrusive

    "clothes in quiet good taste"

  8. hushed, muted, subdued, quietadjective

    in a softened tone

    "hushed voices"; "muted trumpets"; "a subdued whisper"; "a quiet reprimand"

  9. placid, quiet, still, tranquil, smooth, unruffledadjective

    (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves

    "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"

  10. quietverb

    of the sun characterized by a low level of surface phenomena like sunspots e.g.

  11. quieten, hush, quiet, quiesce, quiet down, pipe downverb

    become quiet or quieter

    "The audience fell silent when the speaker entered"

  12. calm, calm down, quiet, tranquilize, tranquillize, tranquillise, quieten, lull, stilladverb

    make calm or still

    "quiet the dragons of worry and fear"

  13. quietly, quietadverb

    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"


  1. quietnoun

    The absence of sound; quietness.

  2. quietnoun

    the absence of movement; stillness, tranquility

  3. quietverb

    To become quiet, silent, still, tranquil, calm.

    When you quiet, we can start talking.

  4. quietverb

    To cause someone to become quiet.

  5. quietadjective

    With little or no sound; denoting absence of disturbing noise.

    I can't hear the music, it is too quiet.

  6. quietadjective

    Having little motion or activity; calm.

    the sea was quiet; a quiet night at home; all quiet on the Western front

  7. quietadjective

    Not busy, of low quantity.

  8. quietadjective

    Not talking much or not talking loudly; reserved.

    He's a very quiet man usually, but is very chatty after a few beers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quietadjective

    in a state of rest or calm; without stir, motion, or agitation; still; as, a quiet sea; quiet air

    Etymology: [L. quies, -etis. See Quiet, a.]

  2. Quietadjective

    free from noise or disturbance; hushed; still

    Etymology: [L. quies, -etis. See Quiet, a.]

  3. Quietadjective

    not excited or anxious; calm; peaceful; placid; settled; as, a quiet life; a quiet conscience

    Etymology: [L. quies, -etis. See Quiet, a.]

  4. Quietadjective

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

    Etymology: [L. quies, -etis. See Quiet, a.]

  5. Quietadjective

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

    Etymology: [L. quies, -etis. See Quiet, a.]

  6. Quietadjective

    the quality or state of being quiet, or in repose; as an hour or a time of quiet

    Etymology: [L. quies, -etis. See Quiet, a.]

  7. Quietadjective

    freedom from disturbance, noise, or alarm; stillness; tranquillity; peace; security

    Etymology: [L. quies, -etis. See Quiet, a.]

  8. Quietverb

    to stop motion in; to still; to reduce to a state of rest, or of silence

    Etymology: [L. quies, -etis. See Quiet, a.]

  9. Quietverb

    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

    Etymology: [L. quies, -etis. See Quiet, a.]

  10. Quietverb

    to become still, silent, or calm; -- often with down; as, be soon quieted down

    Etymology: [L. quies, -etis. See Quiet, a.]


  1. Quiet

    Quiet is an album by jazz musician John Scofield.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quiet

    kwī′et, adj. at rest: calm: smooth: peaceable: gentle, inoffensive: silent, still: free from gaudiness, in good taste: free from bustle or formality.—n. the state of being at rest: repose: calm: stillness: peace.—v.t. to bring to rest: to stop motion: to calm or pacify: to lull: to allay.—v.i. to become quiet, to abate.—n. Quī′etāge (Spens.), quiet.—v.t. Quī′eten, to make quiet, calm.—v.i. to become quiet.—n. Quī′eter (Shak.), a person or thing that quiets.—v.t. Quī′etise, to make quiet.—ns. Quī′etism, rest of the mind: mental tranquillity: apathy: the doctrine that religious perfection on earth consists in passive and uninterrupted contemplation of the Deity; Quī′etist, one who believes in this doctrine (Molinos, Mme. Guyon, &c.).—adj. Quietist′ic, pertaining to quietism.—n. Quī′etive, anything that induces quiet.—adv. Quī′etly, in a quiet manner: without motion or alarm: calmly: silently: patiently.—ns. Quī′etness, Quī′etude, rest: repose: freedom from agitation or alarm: stillness: peace: silence.—adj. Quī′etsome (Spens.), calm, still, undisturbed.—n. Quiē′tus, a final settlement or discharge: ending generally: (slang) a severe blow.—At quiet (B.), peaceful; In quiet, quietly; On the quiet, clandestinely; Out of quiet, disturbed. [L. quietusquiscĕre, to rest.]


  1. Quiet

    subdued: not conspicuous or contrasting in color or maculation.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'quiet' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1752

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'quiet' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1337

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'quiet' in Adjectives Frequency: #187

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quiet in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quiet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of quiet in a Sentence

  1. Kenny Summ:

    There is issues every once in a while but everybody usually keeps to themselves. It’s pretty quiet most of the time.

  2. Brett Rossi:

    I want justice, if I wanted money, I would have kept our child. If I wanted money, I would have kept quiet. I want justice.

  3. Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay:

    A church is disaffected when it is persecuted, quiet when it is tolerated, and actively loyal when it is favored and cherished.

  4. Justin Marks:

    Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway has to be presented and marketed as a little bit more of a destination, it's not so far away that it can't be a ‘ Nashville event ’ and Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway's evidenced in that they've sold every ticket, sold every suite and they sold the sponsorship inventory, nashville Fairgrounds Speedway's been out there for a long time, Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway's been quiet for some time, but Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway is very much a NASCAR venue and for the series to go put on a good show — all the tools are there for them to do that.

  5. Jane Dowle:

    It's very, very quiet, there are people we've been speaking to since before the Brexit vote. Now they've decided to wait a little longer.

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  • stilAfrikaans
  • صامت, هادئArabic
  • шым, тынысBashkir
  • ціхіBelarusian
  • тихBulgarian
  • tranquil, silenciós, poc, quiet, mica, calmarCatalan, Valencian
  • tichý, klidný, ticho, klidCzech
  • stille, rolig, tyst, ro, stilhed, roligeDanish
  • still, ruhig, leise, ruhenGerman
  • ήρεμος, ήσυχος, σιγανός, σιωπηλός, ησυχίαGreek
  • trankvilaEsperanto
  • callado, poco, detenido, reservado, quieto, calmo, tranquilo, silente, silencioso, pacífico, tranquilidad, callar, silencio, calma, calmarSpanish
  • vaikne, tasaneEstonian
  • کم گوی, آرام, کم صدا, خاموش, ساکت شدن, آرام شدنPersian
  • äänetön, hiljainen, rauhallinen, vaisu, hiljaisuus, hiljentyä, rauhoittua, rauhoittaa, hiljentääFinnish
  • calme, silencieux, paisible, tranquille, discret, apaiser, calmerFrench
  • ciúin, ciúnasIrish
  • socair, sèimh, ciùin, sàmhach, sàmhchair, tosdScottish Gaelic
  • quieto, silandeiro, calmo, silenciosoGalician
  • ख़ामोश, ख़ामोशीHindi
  • csendesHungarian
  • հանգիստ, լռությունArmenian
  • quieteInterlingua
  • diamIndonesian
  • quietaIdo
  • hljóðurIcelandic
  • silenzioso, calmo, quieto, taciturno, placare, silenzio, pace, tranquillità, calmareItalian
  • 静か, 閑散, 平静, 沈黙, 静寂Japanese
  • ხმადაბალი, წყნარიGeorgian
  • тынышKazakh
  • ស្ងាត់Khmer
  • 조용한Korean
  • هێمن, وسکتKurdish
  • тынчKyrgyz
  • tacitus, tranquillus, pācō, silentiumLatin
  • tylusLithuanian
  • kluss, lēns, klusumsLatvian
  • тивокMacedonian
  • शांतMarathi
  • diam, senyap, ديام, سڽڤMalay
  • rustig, zwijgzaam, stil, kalm, geluidloos, vredig, geruisloos, kalmerenDutch
  • rolig, stilleNorwegian
  • silenciósOccitan
  • ਚੁੱਪ-ਚਾਪ, ਚੁੱਪੀPanjabi, Punjabi
  • cichy, spokojnyPolish
  • silencioso, tranqüilo, calado, quieto, calmo, acalmar, silêncio, quietude, silenciar, tranquilizar, caladaPortuguese
  • încet, tăcut, LinișteRomanian
  • спокойный, тихий, успокоить, успокаиваться, успокоиться, успокаивать, тихоRussian
  • tih, spokojan, тих, šutljiv, miranSerbo-Croatian
  • tichýSlovak
  • tihSlovene
  • lugn, stilla, tyst, tysta, tystnad, tystnaSwedish
  • ప్రశాంతం, మౌనం, నిశ్శబ్దంTelugu
  • пастTajik
  • เงียบThai
  • sessiz, suskunTurkish
  • тихийUkrainian
  • خاموش, خاموشیUrdu
  • yên tĩnh, 安靜Vietnamese
  • stilikVolapük
  • quietYiddish

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    a disposition that is confused or nervous and upset
    • A. knead
    • B. fluster
    • C. caddie
    • D. abet

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