tight-lipped

adjective
\ ˈtīt-ˈlipt How to pronounce tight-lipped (audio) \

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tight-lipped. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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tight-lipped

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tight-lipped

: not willing to speak about something
: having your lips pressed tightly together because you are thinking hard, angry, etc.

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