quiet

To be quiet means you don't make any noise. When you’re trying not to wake a sleeping lion, you will be quiet when you run by it.

The versatile quiet, which can be a noun, adjective, or verb (to quiet others), is one of those words that is best understood through its antonyms — loud or hectic. Let a marching band practice in your apartment, and you will long for a little quiet. Quiet is one of those words that thankfully follow the "i" before "e," except after "c" spelling rule.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: quiet

1
adjnvadv
characterized by an absence or near absence of agitation or activity
a period of calm weather
make calm or still
with little or no activity or no agitation (`quiet' is a nonstandard variant for `quietly')
2
adjnv
free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound
the absence of sound
become quiet or quieter
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: quiet
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adj 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”
Synonyms
unagitated
not agitated or disturbed emotionally
peaceable, peaceful
not disturbed by strife or turmoil or war
quiescent
marked by a state of tranquil repose
untroubled
free from turmoil or worries
tame
very restrained or quiet
Antonyms:
unquiet
characterized by unrest or disorder
agitated
troubled emotionally and usually deeply
uneasy
lacking a sense of security or affording no ease or reassurance
disruptive, riotous, troubled, tumultuous, turbulent
characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination
squalling, squally
characterized by short periods of noisy commotion
wild
marked by extreme lack of restraint or control
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adj (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves

“the quiet waters of a lagoon”
Synonyms:
placid, smooth, still, tranquil, unruffled
calm
(of weather) free from storm or wind

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

Antonyms:
active
(of the sun) characterized by an increased occurrence of sunspots and flares and radio emissions

adj not showy or obtrusive

“clothes in quiet good taste”
Synonyms:
restrained
unostentatious, unpretending, unpretentious
not ostentatious

n a period of calm weather

Synonyms:
lull
Type of:
calmness
an absence of strong winds or rain

n an untroubled state; free from disturbances

Synonyms:
tranquility, tranquillity
Type of:
order
established customary state (especially of society)

n a disposition free from stress or emotion

Synonyms:
placidity, repose, serenity, tranquility, tranquillity
Types:
ataraxia
peace of mind
Type of:
calm, calmness, composure, equanimity
steadiness of mind under stress

v make calm or still

quiet the dragons of worry and fear”
Synonyms:
calm, calm down, lull, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
Antonyms:
agitate, charge, charge up, commove, excite, rouse, turn on
cause to be agitated, excited, or roused
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lull
calm by deception
compose
calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet
appease, assuage, conciliate, gentle, gruntle, lenify, mollify, pacify, placate
cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
assure, reassure
cause to feel sure; give reassurance to
Type of:
comfort, console, solace, soothe
give moral or emotional strength to

adv with little or no activity or no agitation (`quiet' is a nonstandard variant for `quietly')

“sit here as quiet as you can”
Synonyms:
quietly
Antonyms:
unquietly
with agitation or turbulence
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adj free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound

“a quiet audience at the concert”
“the room was dark and quiet
Synonyms
inaudible, unhearable
impossible to hear; imperceptible by the ear
soft
(of sound) relatively low in volume
noiseless
making no sound
silent, soundless, still
marked by absence of sound
stilly
(poetic) still or calm
tiptoe
walking on the tips of ones's toes so as to make no noise
Antonyms:
noisy
full of or characterized by loud and nonmusical sounds
cacophonic, cacophonous
having an unpleasant sound
loud
characterized by or producing sound of great volume or intensity
blatant, clamant, clamorous, strident, vociferous
conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry
abuzz, buzzing
noisy like the sound of a bee
clanging, clangorous
having a loud resonant metallic sound
clanking
having a hard nonresonant metallic sound
clattery
a rattling sound as of hard things striking together
creaky, screaky
having a rasping or grating sound
rackety, rip-roaring, uproarious
uncontrollably noisy
reedy, wheezy
having a tone of a reed instrument
stertorous
of breathing having a heavy snoring sound
swishy
resembling a sustained `sh' or soft whistle
thundering
sounding like thunder
whirring
like the sound of rapidly vibrating wings
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adj in a softened tone

“a quiet reprimand”
Synonyms:
hushed, muted, subdued
soft
(of sound) relatively low in volume

n the absence of sound

“the street was quiet
Synonyms:
silence
Antonyms:
sound
the particular auditory effect produced by a given cause
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hush, still, stillness
(poetic) tranquil silence
speechlessness
the property of being speechless
quietness, soundlessness
the property of making no sound
noiselessness
the property of making no noise
Type of:
sound property
an attribute of sound

v become quiet or quieter

Synonyms:
hush, pipe down, quiesce, quiet down, quieten
hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
cause to be quiet or not talk
Antonyms:
louden
become louder
louden
cause to become loud
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Type of:
change intensity
increase or decrease in intensity
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