1. with low volume;
- Example: "speak softly but carry a big stick"
- Example: "she spoke quietly to the child"
- Example: "the radio was playing softly"
[syn: softly, quietly]
2. with little or no sound;
- Example: "the class was listening quietly and intently"
- Example: "she was crying quietly"
3. with little or no activity or no agitation (`quiet' is a nonstandard variant for `quietly');
- Example: "her hands rested quietly in her lap"
- Example: "the rock star was quietly led out the back door"
- Example: "sit here as quiet as you can"
[syn: quietly, quiet]
4. in a restful manner;
- Example: "the streets are restfully sunny and still for the town is at mass"
[syn: restfully, quietly]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Quietly \Qui"et*ly\, adv. 1. In a quiet state or manner; without motion; in a state of rest; as, to lie or sit quietly. [1913 Webster] 2. Without tumult, alarm, dispute, or disturbance; peaceably; as, to live quietly; to sleep quietly. [1913 Webster] 3. Calmly, without agitation or violent emotion; patiently; as, to submit quietly to unavoidable evils. [1913 Webster] 4. Noiselessly; silently; without remark or violent movement; in a manner to attract little or no observation; as, he quietly left the room. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
61 Moby Thesaurus words for "quietly": aesthetically, artistically, becomingly, calmly, composedly, coolly, decently, decorously, demurely, dispassionately, elegantly, genteelly, gently, gracefully, humbly, impassively, imperturbably, in good taste, in silence, inaudibly, inexcitably, inirritably, levelheadedly, like a lamb, meekly, mildly, modestly, noiselessly, pacifically, peaceably, peacefully, placidly, properly, quiescently, sedately, seemly, serenely, silently, simply, smoothly, softly, soundlessly, steadily, still, stilly, stodgily, stoically, stolidly, stuffily, tamely, tastefully, tranquilly, unassumingly, unobtrusively, unostentatiously, unperturbedly, unpresumptuously, unpretendingly, unpretentiously, with taste, without ceremony