I was surprised not to find the adverb "quitely" in my dictionary whereas I am pretty sure that I saw it several times. Does it exist or is it a (common?) mistake?

  • Maybe you're thinking of QUIETLY – Mari-Lou A Sep 6 '14 at 8:16
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    Or, you may have seen typos where the writer meant "quietly". – Andrew Leach Sep 6 '14 at 8:16
  • It is not a typo, it is really "quitely". – Seirios Sep 6 '14 at 8:52
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    Quite is already an adverb in itself. There is no need to create an adverb from it by adding -ly, and such an adverb does not exist in any variant of English I've ever been exposed to. From your phrasing and profile, I'm guessing you are a non-native speaker from France, in which case I wonder if perhaps you've seen other non-native speakers use quitely, as a type of hypercorrect form; it is similar to saying vitement or malment in French. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Sep 6 '14 at 9:10

It exits but is quite obsolete:


  • entirely, quite.


  • Middle English, from quit, quite, adjective, free + -ly

Ngram- quitely.


Just to add another source - here's OED1 - adverb of Quit - Obs.

OED1 quitely

  • This Ngram tells a different story. Please look at the cited examples too – Mari-Lou A Sep 6 '14 at 8:23
  • There is no surer sign of damnation, than for a man to die quitely after a sinful life How does that make any sense unless it means to die quietly, in silence. – Mari-Lou A Sep 6 '14 at 8:29
  • Could that be a typo? Quietly vs quitely – user66974 Sep 6 '14 at 8:31
  • Maybe it's a spelling variation. Look at the other examples on the Ngram chart. – Mari-Lou A Sep 6 '14 at 8:33
  • Yeah..intresting..probably also some misunderstanding on the meaning of the two terms. – user66974 Sep 6 '14 at 8:39

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