tight-lipped

adjective

1
: having the lips closed tight (as in determination)
2
: reluctant to speak : taciturn

Examples of tight-lipped in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the years, Lopez has stayed pretty tight-lipped about her relationship with the Bad Boy Records founder and that harrowing night in December 1999. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 1 Apr. 2024 The production team is being tight-lipped about the music and has not released any of the original recordings from 1970. Joe Rubin, Sacramento Bee, 27 Mar. 2024 Yet a reasonable case can be made that two essential manners in American prose—the laconic, tight-lipped style (Hemingway began as a newspaperman and sportswriter, too) and the loquacious high irony that A. J. Liebling passed on to Tom Wolfe—began in the baseball stories of the New York papers. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 The local government gave some at a council meeting Monday, but for the most part, city leaders remain tight-lipped. The Enquirer, 23 Mar. 2024 Being from Brooklyn fits her well; smooth self-regard and tight-lipped maturity — qualities popularized by the Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, and even Pop Smoke — are her calling cards. Jayson Buford, Rolling Stone, 21 Mar. 2024 Google’s chatbot is getting tight-lipped on election questions Out of an abundance of caution, Google said that its Gemini chatbot ain’t answering some questions that voters in two of the world’s largest democracies — the U.S. and India — may pose ahead of their respective elections this year. Morgan Haefner, Quartz, 14 Mar. 2024 Cloud's costar Colman Domingo, who won an Emmy for portraying Rue’s sponsor Ali, recently told PEOPLE in a January interview that the show's behind-the-scenes players have been tight-lipped about what’s to come. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 7 Mar. 2024 Since then, zoo officials have been tight-lipped about plans for welcoming back pandas, which were last at the zoo in 2019. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tight-lipped was in 1876

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“Tight-lipped.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tight-lipped. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

tight-lipped

adjective
-ˈlipt
1
: having the lips closed tight (as in determination)
2
: not liking to speak : taciturn
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