Definition of tight-lipped in English:



  • With the lips firmly closed, especially as a sign of suppressed emotion or determined reticence.

    ‘she stayed tight-lipped and shook her head’
    figurative ‘a group of tight-lipped air force officers’
    • ‘However, she was remaining tight-lipped on the identity of Limerick's newest millionaire.’
    • ‘He remains tight-lipped over an 18-month internal investigation, which exonerated him.’
    • ‘I had hoped many tight-lipped elite military officers would speak sincerely about their role in the riots.’
    • ‘The authorities here are extremely tight-lipped about how this investigation is going on.’
    • ‘But, they remain tight-lipped, to wait and silently revel in the king's stupidity.’
    • ‘The organisers are staying tight-lipped about the findings.’
    • ‘A tight-lipped Rowling has given only one pre-publication interview.’
    • ‘He remains tight-lipped over most purchase prices, explaining that he has been prepared to sacrifice his home to clinch deals.’
    • ‘But both organisations are keeping tight-lipped about the reasons for the doctor's suspension.’
    • ‘The Government was today staying tight-lipped on the review.’
    • ‘In consequence we are becoming a tight-lipped silent majority afraid to rise above the parapet.’
    • ‘But Chris is staying tight-lipped over the the drink's special ingredient.’
    • ‘He didn't do too many interviews and was generally very tight-lipped.’
    • ‘The school and the Government were both tight-lipped about the situation saying the results had been annulled and were under review.’
    • ‘Jones has remained tight-lipped about remarking on the English side ever since they arrived in New Zealand.’
    • ‘They do as they're told, and under Yeltsin they were hired in droves for their tight-lipped discipline.’
    • ‘The Aberdeen version may be notable for its tight-lipped silence, but still it speaks volumes, not least about Bacon himself.’
    • ‘But Vernon himself was yesterday tight-lipped about his wedding plans.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the purchaser was also remaining tight-lipped on future plans.’
    • ‘As with his magic secrets Gold remains tight-lipped about his next venture.’
    reticent, taciturn, uncommunicative, unforthcoming, unresponsive, close-mouthed, close-lipped
    silent, quiet, unspeaking
    guarded, secretive, private, withdrawn, playing one's cards close to one's chest, of few words, untalkative
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/ˈtīt ˈˌlipt/