[uhn-kuh-myoo-ni-kuh-tiv, -key-tiv]


not inclined to talk or disclose information; reserved; taciturn.

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

Synonyms for uncommunicative

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Examples from the Web for uncommunicative

Contemporary Examples of uncommunicative

  • Jim Doyle was the uncommunicative spokesman for Archibald Cox and Leon Jaworski at the Watergate Special Prosecution Force.

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    Newsweek’s Watergate Legacy

    Jim Doyle

    December 29, 2012

Historical Examples of uncommunicative

  • 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



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

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

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