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From Middle English stilthe, from Old English *stilþ, *stillþ, *stillþu (stillness), from Proto-Germanic *stilliþō (stillness, quietness), equivalent to still +‎ -th. Cognate with West Frisian stilte (silence, stillness, quietness), Dutch stilte (silence, stillness, quietness), Low German stilte (quiteness), Old High German stillida (quietness).


stillth (uncountable)

  1. The state, quality, or condition of being still; stillness; tranquility; peace.
    • 1921, Gilbert Frankau, The seeds of enchantment:
      And suddenly the magic of this place — the fragrance and the stillth and the peace of it — took Dicky by the throat.
    • 1953, James Reynolds, James Reynolds' Ireland:
      [] a battle rages in the old pile again tonight. "Will no stilth ever come to bad auld Fergus Keep?" a man of the roads once said to me, when I stopped to rest on a bridge high above the gorge of White Abbey. He was maundering and mouthing about battles and thirst, in one breath.
    • 1965, West & East, an independent monthly:
      Whenever I was in deep thought in the stillth of a night in longing for the mainland, it seemed that a voice was calling in the dark.