[[t]ˈkwaɪ ɪt[/t]] adj. -et•er, -et•est, v.
1) making little or no noise or sound:
quiet neighbors[/ex]
2) free or comparatively free from noise:
a quiet street[/ex]
3) silent:
Be quiet![/ex]
4) restrained in speech or manner:
a quiet person[/ex]
5) free from disturbance or tumult; peaceful:
a quiet life[/ex]
6) being at rest
7) free from activity, esp. busy or vigorous activity:
a quiet Sunday afternoon[/ex]
8) quiescent; peaceable:
The factions have been quiet for years[/ex]
9) motionless or moving very gently:
quiet waters[/ex]
10) free from disturbing thoughts, emotions, etc.:
a quiet conscience[/ex]
11) said, expressed, done, etc., in a restrained or unobtrusive way:
a quiet reproach[/ex]
12) not showy or obtrusive; subdued:
quiet colors[/ex]
13) not busy or active:
The stock market was quiet last week[/ex]
14) to make quiet
15) to make tranquil or peaceful; pacify
16) to calm mentally, as a person
17) to allay (tumult, doubt, fear, etc.)
18) to silence
19) to become quiet (often fol. by down)
Etymology: 1350–1400; < L quiētus, ptp. of quiēscere (see quiescent) qui′et•er, n. qui′et•ly, adv. qui′et•ness, n. II
[[t]ˈkwaɪ ɪt[/t]] n.
1) freedom from noise, unwanted sound, etc
2) freedom from disturbance or tumult; tranquillity; rest; repose
3) peace; peaceful condition of affairs
Etymology: 1300–50; ME quiet(e) (< MF quiete) < L quiēt- (s. of quiēs) rest, peace; (see quiescent)

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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