taciturn

[ tas-i-turn ]
/ ˈtæs ɪˌtɜrn /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. tachysterol,
  2. tachytelic,
  3. tacit,
  4. tacitean,
  5. tacitly,
  6. taciturnity,
  7. tacitus,
  8. tack,
  9. tack claw,
  10. tack hammer

Origin of taciturn

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

Related formstac·i·turn·ly, adverbun·tac·i·turn, adjectiveun·tac·i·turn·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for taciturn

taciturn

/ (ˈtæsɪˌtɜːn) /

adjective

habitually silent, reserved, or uncommunicative; not inclined to conversation
Derived Formstaciturnity, nountaciturnly, adverb

Word Origin for taciturn

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

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Word Origin and History for taciturn

taciturn

adj.

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

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