quiet vs quite : Common Errors in English

About quiet vs quite

This is probably caused by a slip of the fingers more often than by a slip of the mental gears, but one often sees “quite” (very) substituted for “quiet” (shhh!). This is one of those common errors your spelling checker will not catch, so look out for it.

quiet Meaning(s)

  • (n) a period of calm weather
  • (n) an untroubled state; free from disturbances
  • (n) the absence of sound
  • (n) a disposition free from stress or emotion
  • (v) become quiet or quieter
  • (v) make calm or still
  • (a) characterized by an absence or near absence of agitation or activity
  • (a) free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound
  • (s) not showy or obtrusive
  • (s) in a softened tone
  • (s) (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves
  • (a) of the sun characterized by a low level of surface phenomena like sunspots e.g.
  • (r) with little or no activity or no agitation (`quiet' is a nonstandard variant for `quietly')

quite Meaning(s)

  • (r) to a degree (not used with a negative)
  • (r) to the greatest extent; completely
  • (r) of an unusually noticeable or exceptional or remarkable kind (not used with a negative)
  • (r) actually or truly or to an extreme

quiet in News

  1. Gold is Too Quiet…Expect Something Soon

    Gold is Too Quiet…Expect Something Soon
    on June 14, 2013 Source: DailyFX via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Warm, quiet evening ahead on Treasure Coast

    This evening remains quiet with low rain chances and warm temperatures in the 70s.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Indian River Press Journal

  3. Orange Police Say Man Fatally Shot by Officer in Quiet Neighborhood Had a Knife

    The source of gunfire in a quiet, relatively crime-free residential neighborhood of Orange early Wednesday remained a mystery for most of the day before police much later in the day confirmed and...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: OC Weekly

quite in News

  1. This Small Cap Food Business is Still Quite Expensive

    This Small Cap Food Business is Still Quite Expensive        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Motley Fool

  2. Docktown's 'Floating Homes' in Calif. in Limbo

    Not quite boats or houses, the “floating homes” of Docktown are home to at least 60 households in Redwood City, Calif., a city that is trying to balance the interests of the community and the landowner of the property. A task force will meet on Thursday night...        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: ABC News

  3. Sean Hannity Wasn’t Quite So Upset About Massive NSA Surveillance When George W. Bush Was President

    One of the funny things about polling on the NSA surveillance programs so far is how many Democrats and Republicans switched positions since a similar NSA spying scandal under President Bush in 2006. The two controversies are not quite the same, of course — the NSA under President Bush was engaging in warrantless wiretapping completely free of oversight from the FISA courts.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: New York Magazine

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