Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Seeking or preferring seclusion or isolation.
  • adj. Providing seclusion: a reclusive hut.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, characterized by, or preferring privacy and isolation; secluded.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Affording retirement from society.
  • adj. Disposed to avoid the company of other people; living like a recluse{1}; not sociable; -- of people.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Affording retirement from society; recluse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. providing privacy or seclusion
  • adj. withdrawn from society; seeking solitude

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • It was the first public comment by the Loughners – who have been described as reclusive by neighbours – since Saturday's shootings, in which six people were killed and 14 injured during a public meeting in Tucson.

    Arizona shooter's family express sorrow as Obama flies into Tucson

  • For a group that had been described as reclusive, the Touch had been strangely willing to endure scrutiny by a total stranger.

    Blood Test

  • For a group that had been described as reclusive, the Touch had been strangely willing to endure scrutiny bya total stranger.

    Blood Test

  • Those names sound roughly similar to the way neighbours in Bilal Town, a suburb of Abbottabad, referred to the reclusive men who lived next door.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • For years, Woody Johnson was known as the reclusive billionaire owner of the Jets.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Perelman has been described as a reclusive genius with a history of refusing big prizes.

    FOXNews.com

  • He is routinely described as a reclusive, shadowy figure because he avoids the limelight, but I know him and he is a straightforward, extremely bright businessman.

    Home | Mail Online

  • I've always regretted that they had to call the reclusive author in Field of Dreams "Terrence Mann"

    Liblogs.ca latest blog entries

  • Proulx has been described as a reclusive man who spent most of his free time on his computer and tinkering with his pickup truck.

    CTV News RSS Feed

  • And it could lead to endless conjecture between, say, a camp that thinks it's a no-name reclusive billionaire and those favoring

    undefined

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.