[ tas-i-turn ]
/ ˈtæs ɪˌtɜrn /


inclined to silence; reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation.
dour, stern, and silent in expression and manner.

Origin of taciturn

1765–75; < Latin taciturnus, quiet, maintaining silence, equivalent to tacit(us) silent (see tacit) + -urnus adj. suffix of time

Related forms

tac·i·turn·ly, adverbun·tac·i·turn, adjectiveun·tac·i·turn·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for taciturn


/ (ˈtæsɪˌtɜːn) /


habitually silent, reserved, or uncommunicative; not inclined to conversation

Derived Forms

taciturnity, nountaciturnly, adverb

Word Origin for taciturn

C18: from Latin taciturnus, from tacitus silent, from tacēre to be silent
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