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silent

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1 deliberately refraining from speech
  • The suddenly silent child had to be prompted to say hello.
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2 tending not to speak frequently (as by habit or inclination)
  • A naturally silent boy, he was often overshadowed by his louder siblings.
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3 mostly or entirely without sound
  • The room was so silent that you could have heard the proverbial pin drop.
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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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