from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Making or characterized by little or no noise.
  • adjective Free of turmoil and agitation; calm.
  • adjective Providing or allowing relaxation; restful; soothing.
  • adjective Not showy or bright; subdued.
  • adjective Restrained, as in style; understated.
  • adjective Out of public scrutiny; known or discussed by few.
  • noun The quality or condition of being quiet.
  • intransitive verb To cause to become quiet.
  • intransitive verb To make (a title) secure by freeing from uncertainties or adverse claims as to the ownership.
  • intransitive verb To become quiet.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Rest; repose; stillness.
  • noun An undisturbed condition; tranquillity; peace; repose.
  • noun An undisturbed state of mind; peace of soul; patience; calmness.
  • noun Synonyms Repose, Tranquillity, etc. See rest.
  • To bring to a state of rest; stop.
  • To make or cause to be quiet; calm; appease; pacify; lull; allay; tranquillize: as, to quiet the soul when it is agitated; to quiet the clamors of a nation; to quiet the disorders of a city.
  • Synonyms To compose, soothe, sober; to still, silence, hush.
  • To become quiet or still; abate: as, the sea quieted.
  • Being in a state of rest; not being in action or motion; not moving or agitated; still: as, remain quiet; the sea was quiet.
  • Left at rest; free from alarm or disturbance; unmolested; tranquil.
  • Peaceable; not turbulent; not giving offense; not exciting controversy, disorder, or trouble.
  • Undisturbed by emotion; calm; patient; contented.
  • Free from noise or sound; silent; still: as, a quiet neighborhood.
  • Free from fuss or bustle; without stiffness or formality.
  • Not glaring or showy; not such as to attract notice; in good taste: as, quiet colors; a quiet dress.
  • = Syn. 1-5. Placid, Serene, etc. (see calm), peaceful, unruffled, undisturbed.
  • Meek, mild.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To become still, silent, or calm; -- often with down.
  • noun The quality or state of being quiet, or in repose; as an hour or a time of quiet.
  • noun Freedom from disturbance, noise, or alarm; stillness; tranquillity; peace; security.
  • noun still; peaceful.
  • noun quietly.
  • noun [Obs.] disturbed; restless.
  • transitive verb To stop motion in; to still; to reduce to a state of rest, or of silence.
  • transitive verb To calm; to appease; to pacify; to lull; to allay; to tranquillize
  • adjective In a state of rest or calm; without stir, motion, or agitation; still
  • adjective Free from noise or disturbance; hushed; still.
  • adjective Not excited or anxious; calm; peaceful; placid; settled
  • adjective Not giving offense; not exciting disorder or trouble; not turbulent; gentle; mild; meek; contented.
  • adjective Not showy; not such as to attract attention; undemonstrative

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective With little or no sound; denoting absence of disturbing noise.
  • adjective Having little motion or activity; calm.
  • adjective Not busy, of low quantity.
  • adjective Not talking much or not talking loudly; reserved.
  • verb To become quiet, silent, still, tranquil, calm.
  • verb To cause someone to become quiet.
  • noun The absence of sound; quietness.
  • noun the absence of movement; stillness, tranquility

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

  • noun the absence of sound


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin quiētus, past participle of quiēscere, to rest; see kweiə- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin quietus, past participle of quiescere ("to keep quiet, rest").


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  • shh.

    February 9, 2008

  • Hunting wabbits?

    February 9, 2008

  • Wordie, today.

    September 13, 2008

  • *twitches*

    September 13, 2008

  • See tag.

    December 31, 2008

  • Love it! Oh sorry... love it.

    December 31, 2008

  • How vainly men themselves amaze

    To win the palm, the oak, or bays,

    And their uncessant labors see

    Crowned from some single herb or tree,

    Whose short and narrow-vergèd shade

    Does prudently their toils upbraid;

    While all the flowers and trees do close

    To weave the garlands of repose.

    Fair Quiet, have I found thee here,

    And Innocence, thy sister dear!

    Mistaken long, I sought you then

    In busy companies of men:

    Your sacred plants, if here below,

    Only among the plants will grow;

    Society is all but rude,

    To this delicious solitude.




    Andrew Marvell, "The Garden"

    September 22, 2009

  • If my 15 comments still make me one of the top citers of the week, it means that Wordie has been pretty quiet this week.

    October 11, 2009

  • Quite quiet.

    October 11, 2009

  • And 40 words is a Wordiest Wordie.

    October 11, 2009

  • Yeah, quiet. It's alway gone through mysterious cycles, but I can't help but wonder if part of it is trepidation about the Wordnik merger.

    Much of which I hope will go away when the redesigned Wordnik launched soon. It's hugely Wordie inspired.

    October 11, 2009

  • Maybe we're hunting wabbits...shh.

    October 12, 2009

  • Oh, HAR! Just saw VO's teeny tiny comment from last year!

    *pipes down*

    October 12, 2009

  • It isn't trepidation on my part John. I've been off the grid for 96 hours and I returned to Wordie to only 3 pages of comments. We need to start up some new puzzles or contests.

    October 12, 2009

  • And seven comments are enough to make this the most commented word!

    October 13, 2009

  • Shhhh!

    October 14, 2009

  • As for me, just lots and lots going on elsewhere. Why does real life always intrude on my Wordie time like this??

    October 15, 2009

  • Sshhhhh!! Wordnik is vewy vewy quiet!

    March 27, 2010

  • So am I at the moment, but I’m still alive and well. *quietly wave*

    March 27, 2010

  • *quietly waving at telofy*

    March 27, 2010

  • Wordnik, today.

    October 14, 2010

  • Wordnik, today.

    May 13, 2011

  • WHAT??

    May 13, 2011

  • Argh! My ears eyes!

    May 13, 2011

  • Oh! Sorry. I couldn't hear you.

    May 13, 2011