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[tas-i-turn] /ˈtæs ɪˌtɜrn/
inclined to silence; reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation.
dour, stern, and silent in expression and manner.
Origin of taciturn
1765-75; < Latin taciturnus, quiet, maintaining silence, equivalent to tacit(us) silent (see tacit) + -urnus adj. suffix of time
Related forms
taciturnly, adverb
untaciturn, adjective
untaciturnly, adverb
1. silent, uncommunicative, reticent, quiet. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for taciturn
  • Ridgway, however taciturn in temperament, was also courageous and fair-minded.
  • The writer wants to learn why, but does not tell his story, hoping that the taciturn ex-leader will volunteer an explanation.
  • The packer is taciturn, but an elegantly thrown hitch or a well-shod hoof will warm his heart.
  • One learns taciturnity best among people who have none, and loquacity among the taciturn.
  • Sandy isn't usually so exuberant--she averages eighty or ninety barks a minute--but on this night she is downright taciturn.
  • taciturn, they got a lot of press out of it according to their website.
  • In a land of taciturn people she learned to contain, if not quite control, a mighty temper.
  • Also in the cast is a white horse, which has about as many lines of dialogue as anyone else in this taciturn drama.
  • He was as grave and taciturn as some cave-keeping anchorite.
  • The tome's curiously taciturn on the subject of reading, but it more than makes up for it with a few pages on books.
British Dictionary definitions for taciturn


habitually silent, reserved, or uncommunicative; not inclined to conversation
Derived Forms
taciturnity, noun
taciturnly, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Latin taciturnus, from tacitus silent, from tacēre to be silent
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Word Origin and History for taciturn

"habitually silent," 1771, back-formation from taciturnity.

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