quiet
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French quiete, Latin quiet-, quies rest, quiet — more at while Date: 14th century the quality or state of being quiet ; tranquillity II. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French quiete, from Latin quietus, from past participle of quiescere Date: 14th century 1. a. marked by little or no motion or activity ; calm <
a quiet sea
>
b. gentle, easygoing <
a quiet temperament
>
c. not interfered with <
quiet reading
>
d. enjoyed in peace and relaxation <
a quiet cup of tea
>
2. a. free from noise or uproar ; still b. unobtrusive, conservative <
quiet clothes
>
3. secluded <
a quiet nook
>
quietly adverbquietness noun III. adverb Date: 1573 in a quiet manner <
an engine that runs quiet
>
IV. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin quietare to set free, to calm, from Latin quietus Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to cause to be quiet ; calm 2. to make secure by freeing from dispute or question <
quiet title to a property
>
intransitive verb to become quiet — usually used with downquieter noun

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  • quiet — quiet, quiète [ kjɛ, kjɛt ] adj. • XIIIe; lat. quietus ♦ Vx Paisible, tranquille. ⇒ 2. calme. « Il referma la porte de l air le plus quiet » (A. Gide). ⊗ CONTR. Inquiet. ● quiet, quiète adjectif (latin quietus) Littéraire. Paisible : Mener une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • quiet — [kwī′ət] adj. [ME quiete < OFr < L quietus, pp. of quiescere, to become quiet < quies (gen. quietis), rest < IE base * kweye , to rest > WHILE] 1. still; calm; motionless 2. a) not noisy; hushed [a quiet motor] b) not speaking;… …   English World dictionary

  • Quiet — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Quiet — Qui et, n. [L. quies, etis. See {Quiet}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. The quality or state of being quiet, or in repose; as an hour or a time of quiet. [1913 Webster] 2. Freedom from disturbance, noise, or alarm; stillness; tranquillity; peace; security …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quiet — qui‧et [ˈkwaɪət] adjective 1. if business, a market etc is quiet, there are not many customers or there is not much activity: • August is a quiet time of year for the retail trade. • The market has been quiet this morning. 2. quiet enjoyment LAW… …   Financial and business terms

  • quiet — quiet, quieten As a verb, quiet has been used transitively (with an object) since the 16c in the meaning ‘to make (someone or something) quiet’, and is still in use in this sense: • The unexpectedness of this departure from the routine at first… …   Modern English usage

  • quiet — ► ADJECTIVE (quieter, quietest) 1) making little or no noise. 2) free from activity, disturbance, or excitement. 3) without being disturbed or interrupted: a quiet drink. 4) discreet, moderate, or restrained. 5) (of a person) tranquil and… …   English terms dictionary

  • Quiet — may refer to:* Quiet (John Scofield album), a jazz album * Silence, a relative or total lack of sound * Quiet (The Smashing Pumpkins song) * Quiet game, a children s game where children must stay quiet and still, on fear of punishment * QUIET… …   Wikipedia

  • Quiet — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To calm; to appease; to pacify; to lull; to allay; to tranquillize; as, to quiet… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quiet — qui·et 1 adj: free from disturbance, interference, or dispute (as from an adverse claim) quiet enjoyment of property quiet 2 vt: to establish or make (title) secure by means of an action that produces a final determination of the respective… …   Law dictionary

  • quiet — [adj1] without or with little sound buttoned up*, clammed up*, close, closemouthed, could hear a pin drop*, dumb, hushed, hushful, inaudible, low, low pitched, muffled, mute, muted, noiseless, not saying boo*, peaceful, quiescent, quieted,… …   New thesaurus

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