1. In a state of rest or calm; without stir, motion, or agitation; still; as, a quiet sea; quiet air. "They . . . Were quiet all the night, saying, In the morning, when it is day, we shall kill him." (Judg. Xvi. 2)

2. Free from noise or disturbance; hushed; still.

3. Not excited or anxious; calm; peaceful; placid; settled; as, a quiet life; a quiet conscience. " So quiet and so sweet a style." "That son, who on the quiet state of man Such trouble brought." (Milton)

4. Not giving offense; not exciting disorder or trouble; not turbulent; gentle; mild; meek; contented. "The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit." (1 Pet. Iii. 4) "I will sit as quiet as a lamb." (Shak)

5. Not showy; not such as to attract attention; undemonstrative; as, a quiet dress; quiet colours; a quiet movement.

Synonyms: Still, tranquil, calm, unruffled, smooth, unmolested, undisturbed, placid, peaceful, mild, peaceable, meek, contented.

Origin: L. Quietus, p. P. Pf quiescere to rest, keep quiet; akin to quies rest, and prob. To E. While, n. See While, and cf. Coy, Quiesce, Quietus, Quit, Quite, Requiem.

(01 Mar 1998)