Definition of reticent in English:



  • Not revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily.

    ‘she was extremely reticent about her personal affairs’
    • ‘Of course, if gambling in groups doesn't appeal to your reticent nature, most of these games are also available in the single player mode.’
    • ‘Intolerable Cruelty is a movie in which the brothers' distinctive presence is quite reticent and discreet in terms of script.’
    • ‘When it comes to looking for money from the government, technology business people are no more reticent than farmers, fishermen or teachers.’
    • ‘It's reticent because it lacks the authority to be declarative.’
    • ‘In other respects, he is famously reticent, averse to showmanship and actually something of a camera-shy recluse.’
    • ‘Ten years and a lot of reticent memories after, their winding roads are finally coming to that familiar intersection once more.’
    • ‘He was unusually withdrawn and reticent during that time, until suddenly, the more public horror of world events seemed to shock him out of it.’
    • ‘Yet, although he may seem a bit reticent, he certainly is not a recluse.’
    • ‘Precisely because many Ghanaians are reticent about expressing love, a special day dedicated to love is prized.’
    • ‘Turner was famously reticent regarding his private life.’
    • ‘The other streak that Gould does not mention in these essays is a streak of his own, though his publishers are not so reticent.’
    • ‘Like others who are naturally reticent and introverted he was able, says Dimbleby, to lose himself in the disciplined freedom of performance.’
    • ‘Their performances are at once reticent and emotionally-charged.’
    • ‘I like his chamber works best, a genre most suited to his essentially modest and reticent artistic nature.’
    • ‘He never wanted anything from life and was a quiet, reticent man not given to violence.’
    • ‘He's reticent on succession plans, except to say that a Japanese would increase motivation among employees.’
    • ‘The spendthrift ways of provincial governments have made international lending agencies reticent to loan desperately needed cash.’
    • ‘Dann wondered why Kiv was so reticent about revealing his master plan.’
    • ‘Unfortunately the book is also reticent; it is remarkable for what is not included.’
    • ‘Aware of the potential for ridicule, or for having their sanity questioned, protesters are naturally reticent about discussing these experiences.’
    reserved, withdrawn, introverted, restrained, inhibited, diffident, shy, modest, unassuming, shrinking, distant, undemonstrative, wouldn't say boo to a goose
    uncommunicative, unforthcoming, unresponsive, tight-lipped, close-mouthed, close-lipped, quiet, taciturn, silent, guarded, secretive, private, media-shy, playing one's cards close to one's chest
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Mid 19th century: from Latin reticent- remaining silent, from the verb reticere, from re- (expressing intensive force) + tacere be silent.