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taciturn

[tas-i-turn] /ˈtæs ɪˌtɜrn/
adjective
1.
inclined to silence; reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation.
2.
dour, stern, and silent in expression and manner.
Origin of taciturn
1765-1775
1765-75; < Latin taciturnus, quiet, maintaining silence, equivalent to tacit(us) silent (see tacit) + -urnus adj. suffix of time
Related forms
taciturnly, adverb
untaciturn, adjective
untaciturnly, adverb
Synonyms
1. silent, uncommunicative, reticent, quiet.
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Examples from the Web for taciturn
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  • She was as taciturn as ever, speaking scarcely a half-dozen words.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • But you know what Mr Merdle is; you know how taciturn and reserved he is.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Janzen, for his part, was as taciturn as his friend Bache was garrulous.

  • I know just what sort of a person he is—sombre and taciturn.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • Meg, white-faced and taciturn, went back to Wren's End on Tuesday night.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
British Dictionary definitions for taciturn

taciturn

/ˈtæsɪˌtɜːn/
adjective
1.
habitually silent, reserved, or uncommunicative; not inclined to conversation
Derived Forms
taciturnity, noun
taciturnly, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Latin taciturnus, from tacitus silent, from tacēre to be silent
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Word Origin and History for taciturn
adj.

"habitually silent," 1771, back-formation from taciturnity.

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