Definition of reticent in US English:

reticent

adjective

  • Not revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily.

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    • ‘He was unusually withdrawn and reticent during that time, until suddenly, the more public horror of world events seemed to shock him out of it.’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    reserved, withdrawn, introverted, restrained, inhibited, diffident, shy, modest, unassuming, shrinking, distant, undemonstrative, wouldn't say boo to a goose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

Mid 19th century: from Latin reticent- ‘remaining silent’, from the verb reticere, from re- (expressing intensive force) + tacere ‘be silent’.

Pronunciation

reticent

/ˈrɛdəsənt//ˈredəsənt/