taciturn
[ tas-i-turn ]
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Part of Speechadjective
Origin + Etymology
Late-18th century; Latinfrom taciturnus, from tacitus
Synonyms
    1.
  • aloof dour antisocial
    2.
  • laconic reticent
Antonyms
    1.
  • cheerful cheery talkative
    2.
  • communicative talkative wordy
Definition
1.dour, stern, and silent in expression and manner
2.inclined to silence; reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation
Examples
1.A) The taciturn valet didn't seem like the kind of person to provide answers or welcome any kind of conversation. B) All of the party-goers acted oddly taciturn, which made her suspicious of the party's purpose.
2.A) No one expected the Creative Director, a noticeably taciturn person, to speak up then. B) He would often push himself to step out of his taciturn comfort zone, but the effort was exhausting.
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