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[uhn-duh-mon-struh-tiv] /ˌʌn dəˈmɒn strə tɪv/
not given to open exhibition or expression of emotion, especially of affection.
Origin of undemonstrative
1840-50; un-1 + demonstrative
Related forms
undemonstratively, adverb
undemonstrativeness, noun
reserved, shy; unresponsive, impassive. Unabridged
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  • Most rare was it for undemonstrative Thomas Godolphin thus to express his hidden sentiments.

    The Shadow of Ashlydyat Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Even the undemonstrative Wanaha exclaimed at the metamorphosis.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • They got on his nerves terribly, these undemonstrative gentlemen with no sense of the Beautiful.

    The Big Bow Mystery I. Zangwill
  • He was an austere man, very fine-looking, but silent and undemonstrative.

    Hubert's Wife Minnie Mary Lee
  • But he is an undemonstrative being, this man of the West, and you take a long time to find out whether he likes you or not.

  • She knew not fear; her quiet, undemonstrative courage was lofty and invincible.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • Looking in his face, the world saw an ugly and undemonstrative little man.

    Man and Wife Wilkie Collins
  • The worst of these inarticulate and undemonstrative people is that they hurt you so.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • She seems to have been a woman with ready wit, a somewhat sharp tongue, an undemonstrative but tender-hearted nature.

British Dictionary definitions for undemonstrative


tending not to show the feelings; of a reserved nature
Derived Forms
undemonstratively, adverb
undemonstrativeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for undemonstrative

1826, "not characterized by outward expression of feelings," from un- (1) "not" + demonstrative.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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