- Not revealing one’s thoughts or feelings readily: she was extremely reticent about her personal affairsMore example sentences
reserved, withdrawn, introverted, restrained, inhibited, diffident, shy, modest, unassuming, shrinking, distant, undemonstrative, wouldn't say boo to a goose; uncommunicative, unforthcoming, unresponsive, tight-lipped, close-mouthed, close-lipped, quiet, taciturn, silent, guarded, secretive, private, playing one's cards close to one's chest• informal mum
- Like others who are naturally reticent and introverted he was able, says Dimbleby, to lose himself in the disciplined freedom of performance.
- Turner was famously reticent regarding his private life.
- He was unusually withdrawn and reticent during that time, until suddenly, the more public horror of world events seemed to shock him out of it.
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- He looked at me, smiling reticently, and said, ‘I'll pick you up at 7.’
- It was remarkable to see this young girl walk reticently on stage, sit at the piano and begin to play so naturally, confidently and without any interference to the musical flow.
- Haskil plays the two concertos intimately but not reticently.
mid 19th century: from Latin reticent- 'remaining silent', from the verb reticere, from re- (expressing intensive force) + tacere 'be silent'.