from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a quiet manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a quiet state or manner; without motion; in a state of rest.
  • adv. Without tumult, alarm, dispute, or disturbance; peaceably
  • adv. Calmly, without agitation or violent emotion; patiently.
  • adv. Noiselessly; silently; without remark or violent movement; in a manner to attract little or no observation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a quiet state or manner.
  • Without tumult, alarm, dispute, or disturbance; peaceably: as, to live quietly.
  • Calmly; tranquilly; without agitation or violent emotion; patiently.
  • In a manner to attract little or no observation; without noise: as, he quietly left the room.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. with little or no sound
  • adv. with little or no activity or no agitation (`quiet' is a nonstandard variant for `quietly')
  • adv. in a restful manner
  • adv. with low volume


quiet +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)


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