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  • (of a person) reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little.

    ‘after such gatherings she would be taciturn and morose’
    • ‘This quiet and taciturn man has been as responsible as any individual for the rise in England's fortunes.’
    • ‘A smart yet taciturn girl, she never complained and she always followed her instructions to the letter.’
    • ‘He was also taciturn, but enumerated that he wanted a relationship with me.’
    • ‘That taciturn man with the eyes of a kind wizard has brought about a veritable revolution in gymnastics.’
    • ‘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 a rather taciturn individual who discouraged chatter in the theatre.’
    • ‘He was conscious of it, but he was a taciturn man and just then he had nothing to say.’
    • ‘Friends described him as reserved, almost taciturn, but insatiably curious about science and technical processes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But in her usual taciturn manner, the president kept silent, leaving it to her ministers to justify the hikes to the public.’
    • ‘Our group was a taciturn group of actors from theater, TV, and film, and we didn't even really meet beforehand.’
    • ‘The taciturn landlord, never quite friendly, usually acceptably civil and occasionally helpful, must be a type specially bred to run such places.’
    • ‘I trained myself so well I now have to be careful not to be taciturn.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Never the most outgoing of men, he remains as taciturn as ever.’
    • ‘And she also tends to be rather taciturn, so many people who have access to her wonder what she's really thinking.’
    • ‘One is more taciturn, accepting what goes on with a shrug.’
    • ‘It was okay for boxers of 50 years ago to be taciturn, but today the champion is expected to be an entertainer.’
    untalkative, uncommunicative, reticent, unforthcoming, quiet, unresponsive, secretive, silent, tight-lipped, close-mouthed, mute, dumb, inarticulate
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/ˈtasəˌtərn/ /ˈtæsəˌtərn/


Late 18th century from Latin taciturnus, from tacitus (see tacit).