Definition of taciturn in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtasəˌtərn/


(Of a person) reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little.
Example sentences
  • This quiet and taciturn man has been as responsible as any individual for the rise in England's fortunes.
  • A smart yet taciturn girl, she never complained and she always followed her instructions to the letter.
  • He was also taciturn, but enumerated that he wanted a relationship with me.
untalkative, uncommunicative, reticent, unforthcoming, quiet, secretive, tight-lipped, buttoned-up, close-mouthed;
silent, mute, dumb, inarticulate;
reserved, withdrawn



Pronunciation: /ˌtasəˈtərnədē/
Example sentences
  • He was true to his heritage in valuing hard work, frugality, practicality, and taciturnity.
  • But I think, too, of hours spent alone with him as an interviewer, seeking to overcome his calculated taciturnity in an exercise I likened to mining gold with a plastic teaspoon.
  • After all those years of taciturnity in male cinema, the floodgates opened and we were deluged by talk.


Pronunciation: /ˈtasəˌtərnlē/
Example sentences
  • I asked him which books and music he took with him and he taciturnly told me they shared a few entertainment items.
  • Judgment is passed on the two main actors who had been taciturnly, but coyly, perched for long hours, and have been sized up again and again under the unrelenting gaze of the critics.
  • ‘Guess I was wrong then,’ he mumbled taciturnly, as he faded back into the crowd of police investigators.


Late 18th century: from Latin taciturnus, from tacitus (see tacit).

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Syllabification: tac·i·turn

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