a period of comparative quiet

awful, eerie
break (esp. AmE), pierce (esp. AmE), shatter

A machine gun shattered the quiet.


in the sudden quiet that followed the gunshot

peace and quiet

I'm going home now for a bit of peace and quiet!

Quiet is used with these nouns as the object: ↑mind
1 with little or no noise; not talking
become, fall, go, grow
keep, lie, remain, sit, stay

Just sit quiet for a moment, there's a good boy.

keep sb/sth

Keep that dog quiet, will you!

extremely, fairly, very, etc.

Suddenly the room went all quiet.

awfully, remarkably, unusually

Everyone went awfully quiet.

absolutely, completely, perfectly
deathly, eerily

The house was eerily quiet.


His voice was dangerously quiet as he asked the question.

oddly, strangely, unnaturally

She went back to a strangely quiet house.

surprisingly, uncharacteristically

I knew I had to keep quiet about it.

nice (and) quiet

I was looking forward to a nice quiet afternoon.

2 without much activity
be, look, seem
lie, remain, sit

Lie quiet for an hour and you'll feel better.

keep sb/sth

Keep the patient as quiet as possible.

extremely, fairly, very, etc.
reasonably (esp. BrE), relatively

Things seemed quiet enough, but it was an uneasy calm.

Quiet is used with these nouns: ↑amusement, ↑assurance, ↑celebration, ↑ceremony, ↑charm, ↑chat, ↑chuckle, ↑click, ↑confidence, ↑confines, ↑contemplation, ↑contentment, ↑conversation, ↑corner, ↑countryside, ↑day, ↑desperation, ↑determination, ↑dignity, ↑dinner, ↑diplomacy, ↑drink, ↑enjoyment, ↑evening, ↑existence, ↑groan, ↑knock, ↑lane, ↑laughter, ↑life, ↑man, ↑manner, ↑meditation, ↑menace, ↑moan, ↑moment, ↑morning, ↑murmur, ↑music, ↑neighbourhood, ↑night, ↑passage, ↑place, ↑pleasure, ↑prayer, ↑read, ↑reflection, ↑resignation, ↑retreat, ↑revolution, ↑road, ↑room, ↑satisfaction, ↑seclusion, ↑serenity, ↑sigh, ↑sob, ↑solitude, ↑spell, ↑spot, ↑street, ↑suburb, ↑surroundings, ↑tone, ↑trading, ↑type, ↑village, ↑voice, ↑week, ↑whisper, ↑word
Quiet is used with these verbs: ↑sleep

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