tight-lipped

[ tahyt-lipt ]
/ ˈtaɪtˈlɪpt /

adjective

speaking very little; taciturn; close-mouthed.
having the lips drawn tight.

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Origin of tight-lipped

First recorded in 1875–80
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British Dictionary definitions for tight-lipped

tight-lipped

adjective

reticent, secretive, or taciturn
with the lips pressed tightly together, as through anger
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