from The Century Dictionary.

  • Secretive; cautious in speaking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Closemouthed; silent.


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  • But whether she means to bide wi 'the family or has come to lodge while lookin' out for another place, I can't certainly say -- the Tregarthens bein 'a close-tongued lot, as you know. "

    Major Vigoureux

  • "Now, lovey, don't ask me about doctors, 'cos I don't know nothin' and wants to know nothin ', for they be close-tongued folk who never sez what they thinks lest they get their blessed selves into hot water.

    Innocent : her fancy and his fact


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