1. of an unusually noticeable or exceptional or remarkable kind (not used with a negative)

    Synonyms : quite a, quite an
    Examples :
    • her victory was quite something
    • she's quite a girl
    • quite a film
    • quite a walk
    • we've had quite an afternoon
  2. to a degree (not used with a negative)

    Synonyms : rather
    Examples :
    • quite tasty
    • quite soon
    • quite ill
    • quite rich


  1. (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves

    Synonyms : placid, smooth, still, tranquil, unruffled
    Examples :
    • the quiet waters of a lagoon
  2. make calm or still

    Synonyms : calm, calm down, lull, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
    Type Of : console, comfort, solace, soothe
    Examples :
    • quiet the dragons of worry and fear
  3. with little or no activity or no agitation (`quiet' is a nonstandard variant for `quietly')

    Synonyms : quietly
    Examples :
    • her hands rested quietly in her lap
    • the rock star was quietly led out the back door
    • sit here as quiet as you can
  4. a period of calm weather

    Synonyms : lull
    Type Of : calmness
  5. the absence of sound

    Synonyms : silence
    Type Of : sound property
    Examples :
    • the street was quiet
  6. an untroubled state; free from disturbances

    Synonyms : tranquility, tranquillity
    Type Of : order
  7. a disposition free from stress or emotion

    Synonyms : placidity, repose, serenity, tranquility, tranquillity
    Type Of : composure, calm, calmness, equanimity
  8. in a softened tone

    Synonyms : hushed, muted, subdued
    Examples :
    • a quiet reprimand
  9. become quiet or quieter

    Synonyms : hush, pipe down, quiesce, quiet down, quieten
    Type Of : change intensity
  10. not showy or obtrusive

    Synonyms : restrained
    Examples :
    • clothes in quiet good taste
  11. characterized by an absence or near absence of agitation or activity

    Antonyms : unquiet
    Examples :
    • a quiet life
    • a quiet throng of onlookers
    • quiet peace-loving people
    • the factions remained quiet for almost 10 years
  12. free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound

    Antonyms : noisy
    Examples :
    • a quiet audience at the concert
    • the room was dark and quiet
  13. (of the sun) characterized by a low level of surface phenomena, such as sunspots

    Antonyms : active


  1. draw back, as with fear or pain

    Synonyms : cringe, flinch, funk, recoil, shrink, squinch, wince
    Type Of : move
  2. flesh of quail; suitable for roasting or broiling if young; otherwise must be braised

    Type Of : wildfowl
  3. small gallinaceous game birds

    Type Of : phasianid


  1. make jokes or quips

    Synonyms : gag
    Type Of : jest, joke
  2. witty remark

    Synonyms : crack, sally, wisecrack
    Type Of : remark, input, comment
  3. a witty saying

    Synonyms : epigram
    Type Of : saying, locution, expression


  1. act as a medical quack or a charlatan

    Type Of : do, act, behave
  2. an untrained person who pretends to be a physician and who dispenses medical advice

    Type Of : medico, mountebank, physician, charlatan, doc, doctor, dr., md
  3. medically unqualified

    Examples :
    • a quack doctor
  4. the harsh sound of a duck

    Type Of : sound
  5. utter quacking noises

    Type Of : emit, let loose, let out, utter
    Examples :
    • The ducks quacked


  1. found in the ordinary course of events

    Synonyms : everyday, mundane, routine, unremarkable, workaday
    Examples :
    • there's nothing quite like a real...train conductor to add color to a quotidian commute


  1. someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force

    Synonyms : collaborationist, collaborator
    Type Of : traitor, treasonist


  1. a mild state of nausea

    Synonyms : queasiness, squeamishness
    Type Of : nausea, sickness
  2. uneasiness about the fitness of an action

    Synonyms : misgiving, scruple
    Type Of : anxiety


  1. suppress or crush completely

    Synonyms : quench, squelch
    Type Of : conquer, stamp down, subdue, suppress
  2. overcome or allay

    Synonyms : appease, stay
    Type Of : conform to, fulfil, fulfill, meet, satisfy, fill, fit
    Examples :
    • quell my hunger


  1. not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic

    Synonyms : romantic, wild-eyed
    Examples :
    • as quixotic as a restoration of medieval knighthood