from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Inclined to keep one's thoughts, feelings, and personal affairs to oneself. See Synonyms at silent.
- adj. Restrained or reserved in style.
- adj. Reluctant; unwilling.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Keeping one's thoughts and opinions to oneself; reserved or restrained.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Inclined to keep silent; reserved; uncommunicative.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Disposed to be silent; reserved; not apt to speak about or reveal any matters: as, he is very reticent about his affairs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. reluctant to draw attention to yourself
- adj. temperamentally disinclined to talk
- adj. cool and formal in manner
Havel has been described as a reticent, modest, honest, courageous and a Renaissance man -- a man filled with a moral vision of what the quality of life should be for all people.
Mr. Catlin, who could hardly be called reticent, at once made plain his feeling about the Missouri, the river that was to carry them some two thousand miles into the mysterious reaches of the West.
Maria C. of Jersey City, NJ writes in with today's Mailbag Friday question: "My coworker always uses the word reticent when he really means reluctant.
That caricature had faded away over the years, along with the stories of his brutal on-set perfectionism, replaced by a picture of a marginalized but respected industry elder whom journalists and collaborators have described as reticent and not especially prone to introspection.
Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan told parliament Thursday the government was " reticent " to protect the taxpayer ' s interest.
The story also points out that this is at odds with the constant claim that McCain is "reticent" to discuss that past.
In Chausson, the result is a kind of reticent grandeur that I've always found intriguing.
But in speaking with a former homeland security adviser, Fran Townsend, she said that they might be kind of reticent about doing much of anything.
The former Prime Minister Laurent Fabius has proclaimed himself to be rather "reticent" on the subject does he mean ambivalent?
MR. MCCURRY: Well I don't -- "reticent" is your word, not necessarily our word.