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taciturn

[ tas-i-turn ]
/ ˈtæs ɪˌtɜrn /
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adjective
inclined to silence; reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation.
dour, stern, and silent in expression and manner.
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Origin of taciturn

First recorded in 1765–75; from Latin taciturnus, “quiet, maintaining silence,” equivalent to tacit(us) “silent” (see tacit) + -urnus adjective suffix of time

OTHER WORDS FROM taciturn

tac·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 forms of taciturn

taciturnity, nountaciturnly, adverb

Word Origin for taciturn

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