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[tahyt-lipt] /ˈtaɪtˈlɪpt/
speaking very little; taciturn; close-mouthed.
having the lips drawn tight.
Origin of tight-lipped
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for tight-lipped
  • The older generation preferred a tight-lipped approach.
  • Its scientists were tight-lipped about the situation.
  • The foreigners are tight-lipped about how they are doing.
  • Current military officers have remained tight-lipped, but they are presumably unhappy.
  • The details are as secretive as the already tight-lipped law allows.
  • All three companies have been pretty tight-lipped about their entries, providing few specifics about their proprietary designs.
  • Dolphin are available beneath nearly every floating piece of debris while tuna remained tight-lipped the past week.
  • Rumors persist that a group of local anglers regularly catch sea run brown trout, but remain tight-lipped.
  • Ugly-duckling avatars, meanwhile, stayed five and a half feet away from strangers and were more tight-lipped.
  • In a culture that equates masculinity with virility, it's no wonder that these guys are tight-lipped.
British Dictionary definitions for tight-lipped


reticent, secretive, or taciturn
with the lips pressed tightly together, as through anger
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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