tight-lipped

adjective \ ˈtīt-ˈlipt \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of tight-lipped

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

First Known Use of tight-lipped

1876

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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TIGHT-LIPPED Defined for English Language Learners

tight-lipped

Definition of tight-lipped for English Language Learners

  • : not willing to speak about something

  • : having your lips pressed tightly together because you are thinking hard, angry, etc.



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