man/woman of few words

noun phrase

: a man/woman who does not talk very much
My grandfather was a man of few words.

Examples of man/woman of few words in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mark Margolis, the journeyman actor who turned in a commanding performance as the vindictive drug runner Hector Salamanca, a man of few words and a bell, on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, has died. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Aug. 2023 Enter Email Sign Up MAURA JOHNSTON Folk, World & Country SLAID CLEAVES Slaid Cleaves is a man of few words. Globe Staff,, 3 Aug. 2023 Fez was a man of few words, and the actor’s performance had a consistent stillness to it; his limpid, gentle gaze often did the talking for him. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 2 Aug. 2023 Pepper is a former associate of Carney’s father, a stoic man of few words and fewer scruples who laments the changing nature of Harlem’s criminal class. Chris Vognar, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2023 Emma Carroll was a woman of few words but those who met her were captivated by her warm smile. Latrice Williams, ajc, 24 Apr. 2022 My dad was a man of few words, and even fewer observable emotions, except during those few hours on a sunny Saturday afternoon each fall when the Nebraska Cornhuskers stepped onto the field and summoned passions and frustrations in him that seemed larger than God. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 14 June 2023 On the other is John’s new interpreter Ahmed (Dar Salim), a man of few words possessed of a razor-sharp ability to read people and situations, possibly thanks to a shady past. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2023 Williams remains a man of few words, even for his mother. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 8 Oct. 2022 See More

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“Man/woman of few words.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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