Definition of uncommunicative in US English:



  • 1(of a person) unwilling to talk or impart information.

    • ‘Tolerance of long waiting times, lack of information, uncommunicative staff, and failures to seek patients' views and take account of their preferences is wearing thin.’
    • ‘But he is still seen by others as being rather serious and uncommunicative in public, especially when compared to the imaginative, publicity friendly ‘man of the people’ Dyke.’
    • ‘Mayfield saw that Arning, who was withdrawn and uncommunicative, quickly found a means of expression through drawing.’
    • ‘But his usual easy-going charm seemed to have temporarily deserted him, and she found him terse, uncommunicative, clearly unsettled by her absence.’
    • ‘Remote and uncommunicative was their description as Whyte avoided the hoi polloi, preferring to spend time with the corporate elite.’
    • ‘And if Namibians themselves are irritated, then imagine the impressions of the visitor or tourist who almost always meets an unfriendly and uncommunicative face?’
    • ‘Hume wanted Specter to commit in advance to the proposition that a nominee's being only as uncommunicative as Ginsburg cannot justify a filibuster or even a ‘no’ vote.’
    • ‘It is this primal, often uncommunicative nature of those who work the land and the seas, and therefore make up a fair percentage of the rural male population, that is at the core of these suicide statistics.’
    • ‘‘We appear to be, my father and I, compulsively uncommunicative but articulate,’ she says when I ask her about this statement.’
    • ‘Went back to J & S's for a cup of tea and a chat, and I became largely uncommunicative due to burgeoning exhaustion…’
    • ‘At times she became profoundly withdrawn and totally uncommunicative; at other times she was wildly excited, violent, and destructive.’
    • ‘It was quite astonishing how uncommunicative he was.’
    • ‘… Was my father so uncommunicative that I couldn't ever picture him in any close relationship?’
    • ‘Duncan, a precocious, affectionate child, had failed to live up to his academic potential, and had become withdrawn and uncommunicative.’
    • ‘The baby grows into a withdrawn, uncommunicative girl who is sent to a special school because no-one knows that she was born under a holy star that gives her supernatural powers, making her invaluable to the Satanic fraternity.’
    • ‘Calce, 36, had troubles with the law in the past and was estranged from his parents, who proved uncurious about his uncommunicative state.’
    • ‘Yair, only a year or two younger than Maya, has become distant and uncommunicative.’
    • ‘‘She became really uncommunicative, angry with everybody and brutal to her mother,’ recalls Hardwicke.’
    • ‘Philip Green, below, has a reputation for not being the easiest interviewee, but pity the poor soul who found him in uncommunicative mood when grilled by a financial website.’
    • ‘While for some, video games conjure up the image of the socially withdrawn and uncommunicative male, the milieu of video games is intensely social.’
    taciturn, reserved, shy, retiring, diffident, reticent, laconic, tongue-tied, at a loss for words, mute, quiet, unforthcoming, unconversational, untalkative, silent, tight-lipped, close-mouthed, guarded, secretive, secret, unresponsive, close, private, media-shy, distant, remote, aloof, withdrawn, stand-offish, unsociable, antisocial, unfriendly, clamlike, playing one's cards close to one's chest
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    1. 1.1 (of something such as writing or art) not conveying much or any meaning or sense.
      • ‘You have, therefore, suggested that if there are anodyne, uncommunicative advertisements about using barristers of the general class, it does not fall foul of the regulations.’
      • ‘In an interview with the New York Times, Richter says he chose this painting for dissection precisely because it was ‘close to being uncommunicative.’’
      • ‘But there is something unfulfilled about this intermittently sparkly but ultimately uncommunicative work.’
      • ‘Further, an emphasis on socially engaged work makes it all too easy to excuse visual tedium, poor curatorial focus, or uncommunicative art as markers of an exhibition's authenticity.’