Definition of Keep quiet

1. Verb. Refrain from divulging sensitive information; keep quiet about confidential information. "Don't tell him any secrets--he cannot keep his mouth shut!"

Exact synonyms: Keep One's Mouth Shut, Shut One's Mouth
Antonyms: Talk

Definition of Keep quiet

1. Verb. remain silent ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic) To refrain from talking about something; to keep a secret. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Keep Quiet

keep one's mouth shut
keep one's nose clean
keep one's nose to the grindstone
keep one's options open
keep one's own counsel
keep one's pecker up
keep one's shirt on
keep one's shoulder to the wheel
keep one's wits about one
keep one on one's toes
keep oneself to oneself
keep open
keep out
keep out of
keep pace
keep quiet (current term)
keep schtum
keep score
keep shtum
keep somebody posted
keep someone company
keep someone in the dark
keep someone in the loop
keep someone on ice
keep step
keep straight
keep tabs on
keep the change
keep the home fires burning
keep the peace

Literary usage of Keep quiet

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The History of the Reign of the Emperor Charles V.: With a View of the by William Robertson (1809)
"... finding it impossible to reimburse him, would suffer him to keep quiet possession of whatever places he should conquer*. FULL of these hopes, ..."

2. The Indian Sign Language: With Brief Explanatory Notes of the Gestures by William Philo Clark (1884)
"keep quiet. Hold extended right hand, palm outwards and downwards, well in front of body, fingers extended, touching, pointing to front and upwards, ..."

3. War Brides: A Play in One Act by Marion Craig Wentworth (1915)
"... course you 'll keep quiet. Quiet as a tombstone, if I have anything to say about it. Hedwig: [Calm and fense.] I mean what I say. ..."

4. The Works of William Robertson: To which is Prefixed an Account of His Life by William Robertson, Alexander Stewart (1820)
"... finding it impossible to reimburse him, would suffer him to keep quiet possession of whatever places he should conquer.* FULL, of these hopes, ..."

5. The Windsor Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly for Men and Women (1904)
"I SHALL keep quiet on the low lone verge By which your way left mine, ... Think, 'tis the north wind at your bolted door II shall keep quiet, ..."

6. Suomalais-englantilainen sanakirja by Severi Alanne (1919)
"... matta) keep quiet, be quiet, keep still, not stir, not move, (istua) sit still, ... keep quiet, vrt. pysyä maltillisena; ~ salassa be kept secret, ..."

7. Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents for Pleading and Practice at Common by William Henry Michael, William Mack, Howard Pervear Nash, Thomas Edward O'Brien, James Cockcroft (1900)
"(5) FAILURE TO keep quiet ENJOYMENT'CLAUSE.1 (a) Eviction by Landlord. Form No. 12761.' (Precedent in Riley v. Hale, 158 Mass. 241. ..."

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