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  • adv. In a quiet manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a quiet state or manner; without motion; in a state of rest.
  • adv. Without tumult, alarm, dispute, or disturbance; peaceably
  • adv. Calmly, without agitation or violent emotion; patiently.
  • adv. Noiselessly; silently; without remark or violent movement; in a manner to attract little or no observation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a quiet state or manner.
  • Without tumult, alarm, dispute, or disturbance; peaceably: as, to live quietly.
  • Calmly; tranquilly; without agitation or violent emotion; patiently.
  • In a manner to attract little or no observation; without noise: as, he quietly left the room.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. with little or no sound
  • adv. with little or no activity or no agitation (`quiet' is a nonstandard variant for `quietly')
  • adv. in a restful manner
  • adv. with low volume


quiet +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)


  • I call his name quietly at first, but he's unresponsive.


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  • Then, they can hope that he'll serve out his term quietly, giving them a chance to make the Illinois electorate forget about the Blagojevich mess before he leaves.

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  • It would be better all round, she decided, to return the label quietly, so that no one knew where it had come from.

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  • Ellen spoke the word quietly, as if she were revealing an unpleasant secret.

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  • He stepped around her cautiously, uttering her name quietly.

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  • The behemoth said his name quietly, calmly, but his reaction was anything but that.


  • I braced myself, then said the word quietly, almost in a whisper: “Shrimp.”


  • GUPTA: We've reached a point where some scientists are starting to use this term quietly but starting to use it, practical immortality.

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