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quiet1

[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).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; (adj.) Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin quiētus, past participle of quiēscere (see quiescent); (v.) Middle English quieten, partly derivative of the adj., partly < Late Latin quiētāre, derivative of quiētus. Cf. coy
Related forms
quieter, noun
quietly, adverb
quietness, noun
unquieted, adjective
unquieting, adjective
Can be confused
quietness, quietude.
Synonyms
2. See still1 . 5. calm, serene. 9. unmoving. 14. still, hush, silence. 15, 17. lull, soothe.
Antonyms
2. noisy. 5. perturbed. 9. active.

quiet2

[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.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English quiet(e) (< Middle French quiete) < Latin quiēt- (stem of quiēs) rest, peace; akin to quiēscere (see quiescent)
Synonyms
1. silence. 2. calm, stillness.
Antonyms
1. noise. 2. disturbance.
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British Dictionary definitions for quiets

quiet

/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
Derived Forms
quietness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin quiētus, past participle of quiēscere to rest, from quiēs repose, rest
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Word Origin and History for quiets
quiet
c.1300, from O.Fr. quiete, from L. quies (gen. quietis) "rest, quiet," from PIE base *qwi- "rest" (cf. Goth. hveila, O.E. hwil "space of time;" see while). The adj. is attested from 1382; the verb is first attested 1440. Quietism is attested from 1687, on model of mysticism, originally in ref. to the mysticism of Molinas (1640-97), Sp. priest in Rome, whose "Guida spirituale" was published 1675 and condemned by the Inquisition in 1685. Quietude is from 1597.
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Idioms and Phrases with quiets
In addition to the idiom beginning with
quiet
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