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Word of the Day: Taciturn




  • (Of a person) Reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little.


“Mr. Stevens was usually very taciturn, so when he spoke, we listened carefully.” 

“I’m taciturn around people I don’t know well, but I’m chatty around my friends.” 

“Being taciturn isn’t always a bad thing; I prefer to get my ideas across in writing.”

Word Origin

Latin, late 18th century

Why This Word?

"Taciturn" is an adjective commonly applied to a certain type of person — perhaps a curmudgeonly sort or a grump. Synonyms given in the thesaurus include "secretive," "withdrawn," "unsociable," and "sullen." ...

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