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Calm vs Stilly - What's the difference?

calm | stilly |

As adjectives the difference between calm and stilly

is that calm is (of a person) peaceful, quiet, especially free from anger and anxiety while stilly is silent; calm.

As a noun calm

is (in a person) the state of being calm; peacefulness; absence of worry, anger, fear or other strong negative emotion.

As a verb calm

is to make calm.

As an adverb stilly is

while still and calm.




  • (of a person) Peaceful, quiet, especially free from anger and anxiety.
  • (of a place or situation) Free of noise and disturbance.
  • (of water) with little waves on the surface.
  • Without wind or storm.
  • Synonyms

    * See also


    * (free from anger and anxiety) stressed, nervous, anxious * (free of noise and disturbance) disturbed * (without wind or storm) windy, stormy

    Derived terms

    * calm as a millpond * ice-calm


    (en noun)
  • (in a person) The state of being calm; peacefulness; absence of worry, anger, fear or other strong negative emotion.
  • (in a place or situation) The state of being calm; absence of noise and disturbance.
  • A period of time without wind.
  • * Bible, Mark iv. 39
  • The wind ceased, and there was a great calm .


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * ice-calm


    (en verb)
  • To make calm.
  • to calm a crying baby
    to calm the passions
  • * Dryden
  • to calm the tempest raised by Aeolus
  • To become calm.
  • Synonyms

    * calm down, cool off, ease, pacify, quieten, soothe, subdue


    * ----




  • silent; calm
  • * {{quote-book, year=1828, author=Various, title=The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 12,, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=The dead--in holy, stilly peace, the sacred dead repose, Afar from earth's turmoil and grief, and all of sick'ning woes; From racking pain, and withering pride, and avarice's care, Secure they rest in solitude, unaw'd by sin or snare. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1879, author=Anthony Trollope, title=Thackeray, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Long was the darkness, Lonely and stilly . }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1902, author=Jack London, title=A Daughter of the Snows, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Crickets sang of nights in the stilly cabins, and in the sunshine mosquitoes crept from out hollow logs
  • * {{quote-book, year=1996, author=Stephen King, title=The Green Mile, chapter=4, edition=Pocket Books, url=
  • , passage= . . . Marjorie used Central to call as many of her neighbors that were also on the exchange as she could, telling them of the disaster which had fallen like a lightning-stroke out of a clear sky, knowing that each call would produce overlapping ripples, like pebbles tossed rapidly into a stilly pond.}}


  • While still and calm
  • * {{quote-book, year=1868, author=George A. Lawrence, title=Guy Livingstone;, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=She passed away very stilly and painlessly. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1902, author=Mary Johnston, title=Audrey, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=The river, too, was colored, and every tree was like a torch burning stilly in the quiet of the evening. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1921, author=S.R. Crockett, title=Bog-Myrtle and Peat, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=When she arrived at the white boat which floated so stilly on the morning glitter of the water, only just stirred by a breeze from the south, she stepped at once on board. }}