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[uhn-kuh-myoo-ni-kuh-tiv, -key-tiv]
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  1. not inclined to talk or disclose information; reserved; taciturn.
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Origin of uncommunicative

First recorded in 1685–95; un-1 + communicative
Related formsun·com·mu·ni·ca·tive·ly, adverbun·com·mu·ni·ca·tive·ness, noun


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  • A little too uncommunicative for their great circumstances—that is all.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • It was Ermie's custom sometimes to be very snappy and uncommunicative.

  • And even Phineas Finn had grown to be solemn, silent, and uncommunicative.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope

  • The elderly gentleman was uncommunicative and merely growled in reply.

    Priscilla's Spies

    George A. Birmingham

  • Deacon Ira had been tall and gaunt and sunken and uncommunicative.

    Coniston, Complete

    Winston Churchill

British Dictionary definitions for uncommunicative


  1. disinclined to talk or give information or opinions
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Derived Formsuncommunicatively, adverbuncommunicativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uncommunicative


1690s, from un- (1) "not" + communicative.

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