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Below you will find the definition of taciturn, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - habitually reserved and uncommunicative
EXAMPLES - Taciturn in a Sentence
- Philip Baddock looked defiant, and Felkin taciturn and sulky. (source)
- I had seldom seen the taciturn Dougal at a loss for words before. (source)
- The people were still poor, still taciturn, still good to the heart. (source)
- Before we left for Jerusalem today, Moustafa became unusually taciturn. (source)
- Twitter CEO Dick Costolo was uncharacteristically taciturn about the dinner. (source)
- Mr. Kelly has a mischievous face and demeanor while Mr. Cook is more taciturn. (source)
- The other guests attempted to converse with the rather taciturn Dr. Morgenstern. (source)
- For one thing, before Ruiz, who has been described in the valley as "taciturn" and (source)
- A swarm of media began asking them questions, but the Americans said nothing, looking taciturn. (source)
- From taciturn hero of the open range to star in a faux-Irish romantic comedy was a massive step. (source)
- One of the advantages of being taciturn is that it is rare for your words to get you into trouble. (source)
- When Bush picked Cheney he was known as a taciturn fixer who preferred to operate in the backrooms. (source)
- So withdrawn and taciturn, he had been placed, almost from the start, in remedial sessions at school. (source)
- As the campaign has expanded in recent weeks, the usually taciturn investigators have begun to respond. (source)
- He was Jewish, he was wealthy, his manner was withdrawn, taciturn, all suspiciously unFrench attributes. (source)
- The problem, however, has now disappeared and the taciturn Del Bosque wants nothing to do with the debate. (source)
- This man doesn't want to be dignified, chaste, wise, taciturn or even obedient to the rules of his democracy. (source)
- His puppy yelps passed with his lanky legs, so that he became grim and taciturn, quick to strike, slow to warn. (source)
- Q: By their very nature, ballplayers seem more taciturn than actors being more physical and less in their heads. (source)
- Murtagh treated this remark with his usual taciturn indifference, but it was true; we really did quite well together. (source)
- Gen. Kosaner, appointed chief of the general staff last August, was known as a taciturn hardliner within the military. (source)
- In 1998 the taciturn owners finally replaced Giles, who'd also been general manager, with the team's former publicist Ed Wade. (source)
- I think there was a kind of taciturn and absolute resolution necessary to survive there that is actually a pretty heavy burden. (source)
- Normally, our press would deploy a more taciturn approach with a bit of beady-eyed cynicism thrown in to puncture all the ardour. (source)
- They were sharply contrasting characters, Barnes somewhat dour and taciturn, Paul exuberant and cavalier, both on the pitch and off it. (source)
- The taciturn stable owner was so pleased with the extra penny for the horses that he told Richard he would tend their shoes while he had them. (source)
- A hundred and forty years later, Nathaniel Cade is taciturn and cold - a hunter and killer who believes himself damned, but is still a Christian. (source)
- Finally Gadhafi's taciturn English-speaking aide told us to be at the foreign ministry at 10 a.m. the next morning and we could see the great man. (source)
- I had tried early on to assist with the cooking, but my help had been more or less politely rejected by the taciturn clansman whose job it apparently was. (source)
- Khadr, normally taciturn or distracted in court, smiled at a panel of military officers and said "How are you?" after his military defense lawyer introduced him. (source)
- In his personal relations he is taciturn or else throws himself on people who cannot understand him, and for him this is one more proof of the abysmal stupidity of man. (source)
- Though he has lost both his parents, Considine speaks effusively about his mother, who inspired an extraordinary scene in Tyrannosaur in which the usually taciturn Joseph describes his disabled ex-wife. (source)
- The latest comments, boldly asserting that the taciturn unemployed Black veteran is a Republican plant designed to disrupt the Democratic primary, reinforce a portrait of Greene as closet Black Republican. (source)
- Minted is the mot juste, because the coin-collecting hobby of the hero's taciturn father (Richard Jenkins, the film's one redeeming feature) provides Dear John with a central metaphor that drives the narrative. (source)
- During the interview, his behavior was, at best, taciturn and it was very difficult to communicate, but I pressed on and asked him how he knew so much about our space orbiter, to which he eventually replied, I saw it on TV. (source)
- God, I am SUPER IN LOVE with this taciturn minor character [in Summerton] sarahtales: The ex-boyfriend? karenhealey: Yup sarahtales: I am a sykik Celtic princess karenhealey: I doubt your psychic powers, since I have told you that before! sarahtales: Could have been any taciturn minor character! (source)
- "taciturn," yet these are the epithets which will be forever associated with the name of a man who, in private, was the most affable, cheerful, and delightful of companions, and who on a thousand great public occasions was to prove himself, both by pen and by speech, the most eloquent man of his age. (source)
- Awkward and taciturn as usual that afternoon, she spoke only to ask if I would turn on the car radio, at which point she proceeded to sing along with every song that came on for the duration of the ride, displaying not only more enthusiasm than I had thought possible but also an astonishing gift for recall. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 55.0, which suggests that "taciturn" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 26 synonyms for taciturn.
aloof, antisocial, brooding, clammed up, close, close-mouthed, cold, curt, distant, dour, dried-up, dumb, laconic, mum, mute, quiet, reserved, reticent, sententious, silent, sparing, speechless, tight-lipped, unexpressive, unforthcoming, withdrawn
We have 4 antonyms for taciturn.
communicative, fluent, talkative, wordy
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of taciturn from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Habitually untalkative. See Synonyms at silent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Silent; temperamentally untalkative; disinclined to speak.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Habitually silent; not given to converse; not apt to talk or speak.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Silent or reserved in speech; saying little; not inclined to speak or converse.
- (None) Synonyms Mute, Dumb (see silent), reserved, uncommunicative, reticent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) habitually reserved and uncommunicative