If you want to sign "quiet" as in, "The room was quiet" you would use a
version of the sign that combines the "shhh" gesture with the sign for
"PEACE." (Remember than when you combine or "compound" signs you
reduce the movements of each sign as you create the new sign.)
QUIET / SILENT:
In this version of "quite" the dominant hand instead of using an "index"
finger actually anticipates the next handshape and simply starts off as a
The sign for "quiet"
when done as a verb meaning "quiet down" is the same as the typical gesture
(American society) for "shhh."
QUIET / SHHH /
If I'm telling someone to be quiet I just use the "shhhh" sign.
"Keep quiet about." / "Keep it to yourself."
There is an interesting variation of the "shhh" sign that can be used to
mean, "Uh, uh, uh, keep that information to yourself!" or "Keep it mum."
Normally while doing the "shhh" sign you move your upper body forward a bit.
To indicate "keep it mum" you can instead move your upper body backward
a bit, purse your lips (hold your lips tight together) and bring the index
finger backward to the lips with a quick movement and a firm stop with a
slightly extended "hold." Think of it as meaning "my lips are sealed."
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