Definition of unforthcoming in English:



  • 1(of a person) not willing to divulge information.

    ‘the sergeant seemed unforthcoming, so he enquired at the gate’
    • ‘The company that manufactures them has been extremely uncooperative and unforthcoming with information.’
    • ‘Celtic's plc board - equally unforthcoming - is believed to have already decided Dalglish will not be given the job.’
    • ‘After another unconvincing display during his reign as caretaker manager - the club has won only five of his 10 league games in charge - he was typically unforthcoming.’
    • ‘They've done nothing to harm us yet, but they've been stubbornly unforthcoming as to what this is all about.’
    • ‘It was not that they were too conceited or unforthcoming to open themselves up to external aid.’
    • ‘The sultan's response was polite but unforthcoming: ‘The matter has been resolved amicably and I do not think it would serve any purpose to revive it.’’
    • ‘Which perhaps explains why Cusack is so criminally unforthcoming off-screen.’
    • ‘Intensely guarded about details of her private life, she has a tendency to be equally unforthcoming about her career - sitting there, icy and inscrutable, her perfect, heart-shaped face closed to the world.’
    • ‘Firstly, Carroll is an unreliable waste-of-space who never turns up for things, is always surrounded by mates, and only engages in banter or is monosyllabic and unforthcoming in his one-to-ones with Allen.’
    • ‘Even by the standards of the average private company, it is intensely secretive about its development and expansion plans, and is unforthcoming on the number of stores it intends to open.’
    • ‘He has been unforthcoming, even to members of his own band, about where he currently hangs his hat.’
    • ‘The Chinese there have also been very, very unforthcoming with the media and yet, reporters have been able to slip into these areas, aid agencies have been able to slip into these areas.’
    • ‘Trinity College were unforthcoming, preferring not to hold a public debate on such sensitive matters.’
    • ‘He is friendly but mostly unforthcoming when the conversation comes around to his marketing tricks and strategies.’
    • ‘Brian strikes me as actually quite a glum and unforthcoming figure.’
    • ‘They were similarly unforthcoming when asked for specifics about the number of jobs that the company plans to cut.’
    • ‘Shares continued to tumble as the company was unforthcoming as to the date of the meeting.’
    • ‘Although his character is shy and unforthcoming, Power has a tremendous presence on stage.’
    • ‘When my dad, who is not exactly unforthcoming with his opinions on politics, came over last year, we were besieged with people shaking their heads and apologising for their president.’
    • ‘We were surprised, however, not only by how unforthcoming the Bank was, but also how unprofessional its Washington leadership was and has been throughout this endeavor.’
    hostile, disagreeable, misanthropic, antagonistic, aggressive
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  • 2(of something required) not ready or made available when wanted or needed.

    ‘with money unforthcoming from the company, the project has had to be delayed’
    • ‘Message boards have been quiet, reviews unforthcoming.’
    • ‘The selection here - winnowed from almost the entire body of surviving correspondence precisely as being of the greatest interest - proves almost completely unforthcoming in this respect.’
    • ‘But proof is still unforthcoming as to whether or not the party's sister organisation the IRA was even involved.’