Definition of quietly in US English:



  • In a quiet manner.

    ‘he worked quietly and diligently’
    as submodifier ‘she was quietly confident that they'd win’
    • ‘The morning started quietly in bright sun but with a chill wind, a day with one foot in winter and one in spring.’
    • ‘We left quietly, one by one, without telling anyone and without taking anything with us.’
    • ‘He is quietly confident that he is steering the economic juggernaut in the right direction.’
    • ‘We went into the game quietly confident that we could win it but we paid a high price.’
    • ‘By now quietly wishing I was back home again, I wandered into town and bought some lunch.’
    • ‘People are also coming to church during the week, sometimes just to sit quietly and reflect.’
    • ‘Toddlers are skilled at roaring around - sitting them down quietly is much more of a task.’
    • ‘These three major appointments were announced quietly in a press release a couple of weeks ago.’
    • ‘All evening he'd been sitting quietly on a bench not saying a word to anyone.’
    • ‘He has quietly become one of the leading players, winning six times over the past three seasons.’
    • ‘A host of friends remember him only as a kindly old man, quietly spoken and with a good sense of humour.’
    • ‘Whether he can turn a club around as easily as he can a game remains to be seen but he's quietly confident.’
    • ‘He speaks so quietly and so modestly that it is hard to envisage him as the authoritative playmaker that he is.’
    • ‘The carriage was surprisingly relaxing and even the children chattered quietly.’
    • ‘Sipping from a bottle of water, he speaks quietly and carefully, rarely animated.’
    • ‘The family sitting out on blankets under the stars, talking quietly, is not foreign to me.’
    • ‘Do you hit the town after dark, collapse quietly with a book or go celebrity-spotting?’
    • ‘In this project, she imagines, she will be quietly supported by her new acquaintances.’
    • ‘They stayed for a while, talking quietly in the sun but it was clear they felt out of place, out of their own world.’
    • ‘The game started quietly as both teams came to terms with slippery conditions.’
    silently, in silence, noiselessly, soundlessly, inaudibly
    softly, making little noise, in a low voice, in hushed tones, in low tones, in muted tones, in subdued tones, in a mumble, in a murmur, in a whisper, murmuringly, under one's breath, in an undertone, sotto voce, gently, faintly, weakly, feebly
    discreetly, privately, confidentially, secretly, unofficially, off the record, between ourselves, between you and me, between you and me and the bedpost, between you and me and the doorpost, between you and me and the gatepost, between you and me and the wall
    unobtrusively, unostentatiously, unpretentiously, with restraint, with reserve, conservatively, soberly, modestly, demurely, plainly
    calmly, patiently, placidly, serenely, undemonstratively, unemotionally, unassumingly
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