Quiet vs. Soft

Quiet vs. Soft — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Quiet and Soft

Quietadjective

Making or characterized by little or no noise

a quiet library.a quiet street.a quiet, well tuned engine.

Softadjective

Yielding readily to pressure or weight

a soft melon.a soft pillow.

Quietadjective

Free of turmoil and agitation; calm

a quiet lake.a quiet place in the country.

Softadjective

Easily molded, cut, or worked

soft wood.

Quietadjective

Providing or allowing relaxation; restful; soothing

a quiet afternoon nap.a quiet tune on the flute.

Softadjective

(Sports) Not tense and therefore capable of absorbing the impact of a ball or puck and of catching, receiving, or controlling it

a receiver with soft hands.

Quietadjective

Not showy or bright; subdued

a room decorated in quiet colors.

Softadjective

Out of condition; flabby

got soft sitting at a desk all day.

Quietadjective

Restrained, as in style; understated

a quiet strength.a quiet life.

Softadjective

Smooth or fine to the touch

a soft fabric.soft fur.

Quietadjective

Out of public scrutiny; known or discussed by few

wanted to keep the incident quiet until after the election.

Softadjective

Not loud, harsh, or irritating

a soft voice.

Quietnoun

The quality or condition of being quiet

"A menacing quiet fills the empty streets" (Time).

Softadjective

Not brilliant or glaring; subdued

soft colors.

Quietverb

To cause to become quiet

The teacher quieted the students.

Softadjective

Not sharply drawn or delineated

soft charcoal shading.a scene filmed in soft focus.

Quietverb

To make (a title) secure by freeing from uncertainties or adverse claims as to the ownership.

Softadjective

Mild; balmy

a soft breeze.

Quietverb

To become quiet

The child wouldn't quiet down for me.

Softadjective

Tender or affectionate

a soft glance.

Quietadjective

With little or no sound; free of disturbing noise.

I can't hear the music; it is too quiet.

Softadjective

Attracted or emotionally involved

He has been soft on her for years.

Quietadjective

Having little motion or activity; calm.

the sea was quieta quiet night at homeall quiet on the Western front

Softadjective

Not stern; lenient

a coach who was soft on his players.

Quietadjective

Not busy, of low quantity.

The traffic was quiet for a Monday morning.Business was quiet for the season.

Softadjective

Lacking strength of character; weak

too soft for the pressure of being a spy.

Quietadjective

Not talking much or not talking loudly; reserved.

He's a very quiet man usually, but is very chatty after a few beers.

Softadjective

(Informal) Simple-minded or foolish

He's soft in the head.

Quietadjective

Not showy; undemonstrative.

a quiet dressquiet coloursa quiet movement

Softadjective

Not demanding or difficult; easy

a soft job.

Quietadjective

(software) Requiring little or no interaction.

a quiet install

Softadjective

Based on conciliation or compromise

took a soft line toward their opponents.

Quietverb

To become quiet, silent, still, tranquil, calm.

When you quiet, we can start talking.

Softadjective

Gradually declining in trend; not firm

a soft economy.a soft computer market.

Quietverb

To cause someone to become quiet.

Can you quiet your child? He's making lots of noise.The umpire quieted the crowd, so the game could continue in peace.

Softadjective

(Sports) Scored on a shot that the goalie should have blocked

a soft goal.

Quietnoun

The absence of sound; quietness.

There was a strange quiet in the normally very lively plaza.We need a bit of quiet before we can start the show.

Softadjective

Informal and entertaining without confronting difficult issues or hard facts

limited the discussion to soft topics.

Quietnoun

the absence of movement; stillness, tranquility

Softadjective

Using or based on data that is not readily quantifiable or amenable to experimental verification or refutation

The lawyer downplayed the soft evidence.

Quietinterjection

Be quiet.

Quiet! The children are sleeping.

Softadjective

Softcore.

Quietnoun

a period of calm weather;

there was a lull in the storm

Softadjective

Being a turn in a specific direction at an angle less acute than other possible routes

a soft right.

Quietnoun

an untroubled state; free from disturbances

Softadjective

Of or relating to a paper currency as distinct from a hard currency backed by gold.

Quietnoun

the absence of sound;

he needed silence in order to sleepthe street was quiet

Softadjective

Having low dissolved mineral content

soft water.

Quietnoun

a disposition free from stress or emotion

Softadjective

Nonalcoholic.

Quietverb

become quiet or quieter;

The audience fell silent when the speaker entered

Softadjective

Nonaddictive or mildly addictive. Used of certain drugs.

Quietverb

make calm or still;

quiet the dragons of worry and fear

Softadjective

Having a low or lower power of penetration

soft x-rays.

Quietadjective

characterized by an absence or near absence of agitation or activity;

a quiet lifea quiet throng of onlookersquiet peace-loving peoplethe factions remained quiet for almost 10 years

Softadjective

Sibilant rather than guttural, as c in certain and g in gem.

Quietadjective

free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound;

a quiet audience at the concertthe room was dark and quiet

Softadjective

Voiced and weakly articulated

a soft consonant.

Quietadjective

not showy or obtrusive;

clothes in quiet good taste

Softadjective

Palatalized, as certain consonants in Slavic languages.

Quietadjective

in a softened tone;

hushed voicesmuted trumpetsa subdued whispera quiet reprimand

Softadjective

Unprotected against or vulnerable to attack

a soft target.

Quietadjective

without untoward incident or disruption;

a placid existencequiet times

Softadverb

In a soft manner; gently.

Quietadjective

free from disturbance;

a ribbon of sand between the angry sea and the placid baythe quiet waters of a lagoona lake of tranquil blue water reflecting a tranquil blue skya smooth channel crossingscarcely a ripple on the still waterunruffled water

Softadjective

Easily giving way under pressure.

My head sank easily into the soft pillow.

Quietadjective

of the sun; characterized by a low level of surface phenomena like sun spots e.g.

Softadjective

(of cloth or similar material) Smooth and flexible; not rough, rugged, or harsh.

Polish the silver with a soft cloth to avoid scratching.soft silk; a soft skin

Quietadverb

with little or no activity or no agitation (`quiet' is a nonstandard variant for `quietly');

her hands rested quietly in her lapthe rock star was quietly led out the back doorsit here as quiet as you can

Softadjective

(of a sound) Quiet.

I could hear the soft rustle of the leaves in the trees.

Softadjective

Gentle.

There was a soft breeze blowing.

Softadjective

Expressing gentleness or tenderness; mild; conciliatory; courteous; kind.

soft eyes

Softadjective

Gentle in action or motion; easy.

Softadjective

Weak in character; impressible.

Softadjective

Requiring little or no effort; easy.

Softadjective

Not bright or intense.

soft lighting

Softadjective

Having a slight angle from straight.

At the intersection with two roads going left, take the soft left.It's important to dance on soft knees to avoid injury.

Softadjective

(linguistics) Voiced; sonant.

Softadjective

voiceless

Softadjective

palatalized

Softadjective

(slang) Lacking strength or resolve, wimpy.

When it comes to drinking, he is as soft as they come.

Softadjective

(of water) Low in dissolved calcium compounds.

You won't need as much soap, as the water here is very soft.

Softadjective

Foolish.

Softadjective

(physics) Of a ferromagnetic material; a material that becomes essentially non magnetic when an external magnetic field is removed, a material with a low magnetic coercivity. (compare hard)

Softadjective

(of a person) Physically or emotionally weak.

Softadjective

Incomplete, or temporary; not a full action.

The admin imposed a soft block/ban on the user or a soft lock on the article.

Softadjective

Effeminate.

Softadjective

Agreeable to the senses.

a soft linimentsoft wines

Softadjective

Not harsh or offensive to the sight; not glaring or jagged; pleasing to the eye.

soft coloursthe soft outline of the snow-covered hill

Softinterjection

(archaic) Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast.

Softadverb

(obsolete) Softly; without roughness or harshness; gently; quietly.

Softnoun

A soft or foolish person; an idiot.

Softnoun

(motorsports) soft tyre A tyre whose compound is softer than mediums, and harder than supersofts.

Softadjective

lacking in hardness relatively or comparatively

Softadjective

metaphorically soft;

my father is a soft touchsoft lighta soft raina soft Southern drawlsoft brown eyesa soft glance

Softadjective

of sound; relatively low in volume;

soft voicessoft music

Softadjective

easily hurt;

soft handsa baby's delicate skin

Softadjective

used chiefly as a direction or description in music;

the piano passages in the composition

Softadjective

used of beverages; not containing alcohol;

nonalcoholic beveragessoft drinks

Softadjective

of speech sounds; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as `s' and `sh')

Softadjective

tolerant or lenient;

indulgent parents risk spoiling their childrenprocedures are lax and discipline is weaktoo soft on the children

Softadjective

having little impact;

an easy pat on the shouldergentle raina gentle breezea soft (or light) tapping at the window

Softadjective

not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship;

what a cushy job!a soft job

Softadverb

in a relaxed manner; or without hardship;

just wanted to take it easy