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tight-lipped

[tahyt-lipt]
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adjective
  1. speaking very little; taciturn; close-mouthed.
  2. having the lips drawn tight.
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Origin of tight-lipped

First recorded in 1875–80
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

closemoutheddumbmummutequietreservedrestrainedreticentsecretivetaciturntongue-tiedmuted

Examples from the Web for tight-lipped

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  • To them all he was a closed book, tight-lipped, a mask of brooding care.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • It was the face of a Roman mother, tight-lipped, brown-eyed, and fierce.

    Romance

    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • He found Jake and Coffin in tight-lipped conference when he reached the lab.

    The Coffin Cure

    Alan Edward Nourse

  • Tense and tight-lipped Mryna Brill slipped aboard the god-car.

    The Guardians

    Irving Cox

  • In a tight-lipped rage he issued a proclamation and sent it after them.


British Dictionary definitions for tight-lipped

tight-lipped

adjective
  1. reticent, secretive, or taciturn
  2. with the lips pressed tightly together, as through anger
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