Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

quiet

 - definitions and thesaurus
 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
adjective quiet pronunciation in British English /ˈkwaɪət/
Word Forms
Close
adjectivequiet
comparativequieter
superlativequietest
  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.
    a quiet little seaside town
    Nightclubs are often fairly quiet on weeknights.
    a quiet country road
    1. a.
      if a situation or period of time is quiet, there is very little activity happening then
      a quiet relaxing holiday
      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

phrases

derived word

quietness

noun [uncountable]

free-from

used to describe foods which don't contain ingredients such as wheat, dairy products etc …

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

red market

the buying and selling of human organs

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog