One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a person) reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little.
untalkative, uncommunicative, reticent, unforthcoming, quiet, unresponsive, secretive, silent, tight-lipped, close-mouthed, mute, dumb, inarticulateView synonyms
- ‘Friends described him as reserved, almost taciturn, but insatiably curious about science and technical processes.’
- ‘One is more taciturn, accepting what goes on with a shrug.’
- ‘The taciturn landlord, never quite friendly, usually acceptably civil and occasionally helpful, must be a type specially bred to run such places.’
- ‘This quiet and taciturn man has been as responsible as any individual for the rise in England's fortunes.’
- ‘But in her usual taciturn manner, the president kept silent, leaving it to her ministers to justify the hikes to the public.’
- ‘Never the most outgoing of men, he remains as taciturn as ever.’
- ‘He was also taciturn, but enumerated that he wanted a relationship with me.’
- ‘He was a rather taciturn individual who discouraged chatter in the theatre.’
- ‘That taciturn man with the eyes of a kind wizard has brought about a veritable revolution in gymnastics.’
- ‘I trained myself so well I now have to be careful not to be taciturn.’
- ‘It was okay for boxers of 50 years ago to be taciturn, but today the champion is expected to be an entertainer.’
- ‘A smart yet taciturn girl, she never complained and she always followed her instructions to the letter.’
- ‘Secretive and taciturn, he did not like to talk about himself and was loath to reveal too much about his thinking.…’
- ‘These were a taciturn lot, slow-thinking, cautious and secretive.’
- ‘Our group was a taciturn group of actors from theater, TV, and film, and we didn't even really meet beforehand.’
- ‘Those who worked with the taciturn Field Marshall revered him.’
- ‘He intends to go into management when he retires as a player, and already betrays some of the characteristics of his taciturn international mentor.’
- ‘And she also tends to be rather taciturn, so many people who have access to her wonder what she's really thinking.’
- ‘He was an extremely taciturn man, so it would have been totally out of character for him to have consciously chosen to make up that sort of thing.’
- ‘He was conscious of it, but he was a taciturn man and just then he had nothing to say.’
Late 18th century: from Latin taciturnus, from tacitus (see tacit).
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