not given to open exhibition or expression of emotion, especially of affection.

Origin of undemonstrative

First recorded in 1840–50; un-1 + demonstrative
Related formsun·de·mon·stra·tive·ly, adverbun·de·mon·stra·tive·ness, noun

Synonyms for undemonstrative

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Examples from the Web for undemonstrative

Contemporary Examples of undemonstrative

  • Dream dates come knocking, and undemonstrative mates mount quite a show of affection.

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Historical Examples of undemonstrative

  • She knew not fear; her quiet, undemonstrative courage was lofty and invincible.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • The worst of these inarticulate and undemonstrative people is that they hurt you so.

  • And Jim, in his undemonstrative way, returned Mr. Dennis' affection.

    Still Jim

    Honor Willsie Morrow

  • Even the undemonstrative Wanaha exclaimed at the metamorphosis.

  • He was an austere man, very fine-looking, but silent and undemonstrative.

    Hubert's Wife

    Minnie Mary Lee

British Dictionary definitions for undemonstrative



tending not to show the feelings; of a reserved nature
Derived Formsundemonstratively, adverbundemonstrativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for undemonstrative

1826, "not characterized by outward expression of feelings," from un- (1) "not" + demonstrative.

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