close·​mouthed | \ ˈklōz-ˌmau̇tht How to pronounce closemouthed (audio) , -ˈmau̇tht also ˈklōs-ˌmau̇t͟hd, -ˈmau̇t͟hd\

Definition of closemouthed

: cautious in speaking : uncommunicative also : secretive

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Synonyms & Antonyms for closemouthed


close, dark, reticent, secretive, tight-mouthed, uncommunicative


communicative, open

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Examples of closemouthed in a Sentence

he remained closemouthed about their activities encourage the closemouthed children to speak up and not be shy

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By and large, this is a secretive, closemouthed group of individuals who want nothing more than to say little and share even less. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "It's time for college football, NCAA to embrace injury reports with gambling influence rising," 3 July 2018 Led by Vice President Temer, whose cryptic, closemouthed demeanor has his rivals comparing him to a butler in a horror movie, the centrists anchoring Ms. Rousseff’s coalition broke away last week. Simon Romero, New York Times, "Brazil’s Game of Thrones," 3 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of closemouthed

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of closemouthed was in 1881

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