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quiet (n.)

c. 1300, "freedom from disturbance or conflict; calm, stillness," from Old French quiete "rest, repose, tranquility" and directly from Latin quies (genitive quietis) "a lying still, rest, repose, peace" (from PIE root *kweie- "to rest, be quiet").

From late 14c. as "inactivity, rest, repose;" from c. 1400 as "absence of noise."

quiet (adj.)

late 14c., "peaceable, being in a state of rest, restful, tranquil, not moving or agitated," from Old French quiet and directly from Latin quietus "calm, at rest, free from exertion," from quies (genitive quietis) "rest" (from PIE root *kweie- "to rest, be quiet").

From 1510s as "peaceable, not turbulent, characterized by absence of commotion." By 1590s as "making no noise." From 1570s as "private, secret." As an adverb from 1570s. Quiet American, frequently meaning a U.S. undercover agent or spy, is from the title of Graham Greene's 1955 novel. Related: Quietly; quietness.

quiet (v.)

late 14c., "subdue (a sensation), lessen (a pain)," from quiet (adj.) and in part from Latin quietare. From mid-15c. as "to make or cause to be quiet;" intransitive sense of "become quiet, be silent" is from 1791 (with down (adv.) by 1851). Related: Quieted; quieting.

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Definitions of quiet from WordNet
1
quiet (adj.)
characterized by an absence or near absence of agitation or activity;
quiet peace-loving people
a quiet life
the factions remained quiet for almost 10 years
a quiet throng of onlookers
quiet (adj.)
free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound;
a quiet audience at the concert
the room was dark and quiet
quiet (adj.)
not showy or obtrusive;
clothes in quiet good taste
Synonyms: restrained
quiet (adj.)
in a softened tone;
a quiet reprimand
Synonyms: hushed / muted / subdued
quiet (adj.)
(of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves;
the quiet waters of a lagoon
Synonyms: placid / still / tranquil / smooth / unruffled
quiet (adj.)
(of the sun) characterized by a low level of surface phenomena, such as sunspots;
2
quiet (n.)
a period of calm weather;
Synonyms: lull
quiet (n.)
an untroubled state; free from disturbances;
Synonyms: tranquillity / tranquility
quiet (n.)
the absence of sound;
the street was quiet
Synonyms: silence
quiet (n.)
a disposition free from stress or emotion;
Synonyms: repose / placidity / serenity / tranquillity / tranquility
3
quiet (v.)
become quiet or quieter;
Synonyms: quieten / hush / quiesce / quiet down / pipe down
quiet (v.)
make calm or still;
quiet the dragons of worry and fear
Synonyms: calm / calm down / tranquilize / tranquillize / tranquillise / quieten / lull / still
4
quiet (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
From wordnet.princeton.edu