To the greatest extent or degree; completely, entirely.
With verbs, especially past participles. from 14thc.
With prepositional phrases and spatial adverbs. from 15thc.
With predicative adjectives. from 15thc.
With attributive adjectives, following an (especially indefinite) article; chiefly as expressing contrast, difference etc. from 16thc.
Preceding nouns introduced by the indefinite article. Chiefly in negative constructions. from 16thc.
In a fully justified sense; truly, perfectly, actually.
With adverbs of manner. from 17thc.
Coming before the indefinite article and an attributive adjective. (Now largely merged with moderative senses, below.) from 17thc.
With plain adjectives, past participles, and adverbs. from 18thc.
Coming before the definite article and an attributive superlative. from 18thc.
Before a noun preceded by an indefinite article; now often with ironic implications that the noun in question is particularly noteworthy or remarkable. from 18thc.
Before a noun preceded by the definite article. from 18thc.
To a moderate extent or degree; somewhat, rather. from 19thc.
Indicates agreement; “exactly so”.
A series of passes made with the cape to distract the bull.
With little or no sound; free of disturbing noise.
“I can’t hear the music; it is too quiet.”
Having little motion or activity; calm.
“the sea was quiet”
“a quiet night at home”
“all quiet on the Western front”
Not busy, of low quantity.
“The traffic was quiet for a Monday morning.”
“Business was quiet for the season.”
Not talking much or not talking loudly; reserved.
“He’s a very quiet man usually, but is very chatty after a few beers.”
Not showy; undemonstrative.
“a quiet dress”
“a quiet movement”
Requiring little or no interaction.
“a quiet install”
To become quiet, silent, still, tranquil, calm.
“When you quiet, we can start talking.”
To cause someone to become quiet.
“Can you quiet your child? He’s making lots of noise.”
“The umpire quieted the crowd, so the game could continue in peace.”
The absence of sound; quietness.
“There was a strange quiet in the normally very lively plaza.”
“We need a bit of quiet before we can start the show.”
the absence of movement; stillness, tranquility
“Quiet! The children are sleeping.”
to the utmost or most absolute extent or degree; absolutely; completely
“I quite agree”
“quite frankly, I don’t blame you”
“are you quite certain about this?”
“it’s quite out of the question”
“this is quite a different problem”
very; really (used as an intensifier)
“‘You’ve no intention of coming back?’ ‘I’m quite sorry, but no, I have not.’”
all the way
“dresses quite from Port of Spain”
to a certain or fairly significant extent or degree; fairly
“he’s quite an attractive man”
“it’s quite warm outside”
expressing agreement with or understanding of a remark or statement
“‘I don’t want to talk about that now.’ ‘Quite’”
making little or no noise
“I was as quiet as I could be, but he knew I was there”
“the car has a quiet, economical engine”
(of a place, period of time, or situation) without much activity, disturbance, or excitement
“the street below was quiet, little traffic braving the snow”
without being disturbed or interrupted
“all he wanted was a quiet drink”
carried out discreetly, secretly, or with moderation
“we wanted a quiet wedding”
“I’ll have a quiet word with him”
(of a person) mild and reserved by nature
“his quiet, middle-aged parents”
expressed in a restrained or understated way
“Molly spoke with quiet confidence”
(of a colour or garment) unobtrusive; not bright or showy.
absence of noise or bustle; silence; calm
“the ringing of the telephone shattered the early morning quiet”
freedom from disturbance or interruption by others
“he understood her wish for peace and quiet”
a peaceful or settled state of affairs in social or political life
“after several months of comparative quiet, the scandal re-erupted in August”
make or become silent, calm, or still
“the journalists quieted down as Judy stepped on to the dais”
“there are ways of quieting kids down”