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  • adj. reticent, secretive or uncommunicative

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Cautious in speaking; secret; wary; uncommunicative.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sparing of speech; reticent: as, a close-mouthed person.

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

  • adj. inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information


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  • They were both very closemouthed about their studies together as such things are private.

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  • From the moment she entered the building on Twenty-third and E that brisk December morning, everyone had been very formal and closemouthed.

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  • Though Declan had become an expert at torture, the immortals were astonishingly closemouthed, even withholding information about their natural enemies.

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  • They tried to get information out of Rams, but he was as closemouthed as the woman he loved.

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  • In a quarter of an hour, a closemouthed Roark reappeared.

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  • He is closemouthed on the specifics of other cuts, but in San Francisco recently he strongly hinted, to an audience composed mostly of Marine Corps veterans, that he is aiming at one of the Marines 'most cherished programs, a high-speed assault craft for amphibious landings.

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  • The High Council was perfectly capable of being closemouthed when it suited them.

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  • In steampunk the hero is not the closemouthed cowboy wandering the Midwestern American plain.

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  • (Both Ford and Allen were closemouthed with me on plot points, but I can't believe too many people saw this as the big secret they and the filmmakers did.) -- Where would you rank the episode itself?

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  • "They're very closemouthed about what they do," says Kevin McCauley, an editor of the industry trade publication O'Dwyer's PR Daily.

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