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adjective quiet pronunciation in American English /ˈkwaɪət/
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  1. 1
    making very little or no noise

    Electric cars are quiet and pollution-free.

    some quiet soothing music

    1. a.
      used about people who are not talking or who do not usually talk much

      a quiet sensitive boy

      go quiet:

      Everyone went quiet when he walked in.

      grow quiet:

      On the way home, she grew quiet and thoughtful.

    2. b.
      used about places in which there is little noise

      The house was quiet again.

  2. 2
    if a place is quiet, it is not very busy

    We live in a quiet residential area.

    The malls are often fairly quiet in the middle of the week.

    a quiet country road

    1. a.
      if a situation or period of time is quiet, there is very little activity happening then

      Business has been unusually quiet this holiday season.

      a quiet drink:

      I just went out for a quiet drink with my girlfriend.

      a quiet life:

      Miles wanted nothing but a quiet life.

  3. 3
    used about feelings that someone has but does not show or talk about

    There was a mood of quiet desperation in the place.

    her quiet confidence

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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