Quiet vs Mellow - What's the difference?

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As adjectives the difference between quiet and mellow

is that quiet is with little or no sound; free from of disturbing noise while mellow is soft or tender by reason of ripeness; having a tender pulp.

As verbs the difference between quiet and mellow

is that quiet is to become quiet, silent, still, tranquil, calm while mellow is to make mellow; to relax or soften.

As nouns the difference between quiet and mellow

is that quiet is the absence of sound; quietness while mellow is a relaxed mood.

quiet

English

Adjective

(er)
  • With little or no sound; free from of disturbing noise.
  • Having little motion or activity; calm.
  • Not busy, of low quantity.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=8 citation , passage=It was a casual sneer, obviously one of a long line. There was hatred behind it, but of a quiet , chronic type, nothing new or unduly virulent, and he was taken aback by the flicker of amazed incredulity that passed over the younger man's ravaged face.}}
  • Not talking much or not talking loudly; reserved.
  • Not showy; undemonstrative.
  • a quiet''' dress; '''quiet''' colours; a '''quiet movement

    Synonyms

    * See also * See also

    Antonyms

    * loud * sounded * vocal

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To become quiet, silent, still, tranquil, calm.
  • When you quiet , we can start talking.
  • 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.

    Synonyms

    * (become quiet) quiet down, quieten * (cause to become quiet) quiet down, quieten

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • 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.
  • the absence of movement; stillness, tranquility
  • Usage notes

    Often confused with quite .

    Statistics

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    mellow

    English

    Adjective

    (en-adj)
  • Soft or tender by reason of ripeness; having a tender pulp.
  • a mellow apple
  • Easily worked or penetrated; not hard or rigid.
  • a mellow soil
  • * Drayton
  • flowers of rank and mellow glebe
  • Not coarse, rough, or harsh; subdued, soft, rich, delicate; said of sound, color, flavor, style, etc.
  • * Wordsworth
  • the mellow horn
  • * Thomson
  • the mellow -tasted Burgundy
  • * Percival
  • The tender flush whose mellow stain imbues / Heaven with all freaks of light.
  • Well matured; softened by years; genial; jovial.
  • * Wordsworth
  • May health return to mellow age.
  • * Washington Irving
  • as merry and mellow an old bachelor as ever followed a hound
  • Relaxed; calm; easygoing; laid-back.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=3 citation , passage=Here the stripped panelling was warmly gold and the pictures, mostly of the English school, were mellow and gentle in the afternoon light.}}
  • Warmed by liquor, slightly intoxicated; or, stoned, high.
  • (Addison)

    Derived terms

    * mellowness

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A relaxed mood.
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  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To make mellow; to relax or soften.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • * J. C. Shairp
  • The fervour of early feeling is tempered and mellowed by the ripeness of age.
  • To become .
  • Derived terms

    * harshing my mellow (harsh one's mellow) * mellow out