Meaning of “quietly” in the English Dictionary

"quietly" in British English

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uk /ˈkwaɪə us /ˈkwaɪə

B1 without making much noise:

I slipped quietly out of the back door.
He is a quietly spoken, thoughtful man.

in a way that is not obvious to other people because you do not say much:

He is quietly confident that there will be no problems this time.

More examples

  • He waited until his daughter was asleep, then tiptoed quietly out of the room.
  • The lecturer spoke so quietly that he was scarcely audible at the back of the hall.
  • She turned the door knob and quietly opened the door.
  • She had some music playing quietly in the background.
  • Everyone was working quietly when, all of a sudden, Andrew started shouting and swearing.

(Definition of “quietly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"quietly" in American English

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us /ˈkwɑɪ·ɪt·li/

quietly adverb (WITHOUT MAKING NOISE)

without making much noise:

"It’s time," he said quietly.


without attracting attention:

The airline quietly increased fares by 10 percent.

(Definition of “quietly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)