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silent

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of silent

  1. 1 deliberately refraining from speech the suddenly silent child had to be prompted to say hello Synonyms of silent dumb, mum, mute, muted, speechless, uncommunicative, wordless Words Related to silent inarticulate, tongue-tied; nonvocal, voiceless; dumbstruck; sulking, sulky, sullen Near Antonyms of silent articulate, eloquent, fluent, voluble, well-spoken; gabby, garrulous, loquacious, talkative, talky; outspoken, unreserved, vocal; facile, glib, silver-tongued, smooth-tongued Antonyms of silent communicative, speaking, talking

  2. 2 tending not to speak frequently (as by habit or inclination) a naturally silent boy, he was often overshadowed by his louder siblings Synonyms of silent closemouthed, dumb, laconic, reserved, reticent, taciturn, tight-lipped, uncommunicative Words Related to silent aloof, indrawn, inhibited, introverted, reserved, restrained; sedate, self-contained, sober, staid; backward, bashful, coy, demure, diffident, modest, retiring, self-effacing, sheepish Near Antonyms of silent free-spoken, outspoken, vocal; gossipy, talebearing; diffuse, long-winded, prolix, rambling, verbose, windy, wordy; extroverted (also extraverted), gregarious, outgoing, sociable Antonyms of silent blabby, chatty, communicative, conversational, gabby, garrulous, loquacious, motormouthed, mouthy, talkative, talky, unreserved

  3. 3 mostly or entirely without sound the room was so silent that you could have heard the proverbial pin drop Synonyms of silent hushed, muted, noiseless, quiet, quieted, soundless, still, stilly Words Related to silent calm, peaceable, peaceful, serene, tranquil Near Antonyms of silent boisterous, clamorous, clangorous, clattering, clattery, raucous, rip-roaring, roaring, roistering, tumultuous Antonyms of silent noisy, rackety, unquiet, uproarious

Synonym Discussion of silent

silent, taciturn, reticent, reserved, secretive mean showing restraint in speaking. silent implies a habit of saying no more than is needed.
    • the strong, silent type
taciturn implies a temperamental disinclination to speech and usually connotes unsociability.
    • taciturn villagers
reticent implies a reluctance to speak out or at length, especially about one's own affairs.
    • was reticent about his plans
reserved implies reticence and suggests the restraining influence of caution or formality in checking easy informal conversational exchange.
    • greetings were brief, formal, and reserved
secretive, too, implies reticence but usually carries a suggestion of deviousness and lack of frankness or of an often ostentatious will to conceal.
    • the secretive research and development division

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