Examples of taciturn in a Sentence
- I went on speech strike … remaining defiantly taciturn through a procession of speech therapists and psychotherapists, verbalizing only to the gardener and swearing him to silence. —Simon Schama, New Republic, 22 July 2002
- The pipe-smoking Malcolm Cowley … though a faithful fellow-traveller, was too taciturn usually to show his hand. —Mary McCarthy, Granta 27, Summer 1989
- She was a small, taut, pale, wiry London girl, alarmingly taciturn, demon at basketball (at which she captained us) … —Elizabeth Bowen, The Mulberry Tree, 1986
- When he got to the substation that night, this private taciturn fellow had to spill his guts. If he didn't tell somebody, he might blow like a land mine. —Joseph Wambaugh, Lines and Shadows, 1984
a somewhat taciturn young man
a taciturn man, he almost never initiates a conversation
Recent Examples of taciturn from the Web
One was taciturn and steady; the other was volatile and virtuosic.
While Colombia’s David Ospina stood taciturn, Pickford was a ball of energy.
Gone is the sensuous prostitute who ruled Mariposa Saloon alongside Maeve (Thandie Newton), and in her place is a taciturn war machine.
His younger brother, the shy and taciturn Diego, remained a close companion throughout his life.
Brady lives at home with his father, a taciturn denizen of the bars and casino poker stools, and his 15-year-old sister, a vibrant spirit living with Asperger’s syndrome.
Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, by contrast, is dry and taciturn.
Indeed, McConnell gloated in a tweet that seems to show the usually taciturn majority leader smiling as a white substance drifts around him: Is that supposed to be cocaine?
Trump, who confidants say was expecting the moral finger-wagging but not the personal insults, was unusually taciturn about the interview on Monday.
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How Should You Use taciturn?
We first find "taciturn" in a satiric drama written in 1734 by James Miller, a British clergyman educated at Oxford. A character describes a nephew thus: "When he was little, he never was what they call Roguish or Waggish, but was always close, quiet, and taciturn." It seems we waited unduly long to adopt this useful descendent of the verb tacēre, meaning "to be silent" - we were quicker to adopt other words from the "tacēre" family. We’ve been using "tacit," an adjective meaning "expressed without words" or "implied," since the mid-17th century. And we’ve had the noun taciturnity, meaning "habitual silence," since at least 1450.
Synonym Discussion of taciturn
- the strong, silent type
- taciturn villagers
- was reticent about his plans
- greetings were brief, formal, and reserved
- the secretive research and development division
TACITURN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of taciturn for English Language Learners
: tending to be quiet : not speaking frequently
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