AskDefine | Define closemouthed

Dictionary Definition

closemouthed adj : inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information; "although they knew her whereabouts her friends kept close about it" [syn: close, closelipped, secretive, tightlipped]

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Quotations

  • 1852 James Fenimore Cooper - Home as found
    As much so as possible; they have hardly a way that you would like, my dear ma'am; and are as closemouthed as if they were afraid of committing themselves.
  • 2001 C. R. Anderegg - Sierra Hotel: flying Air Force fighters in the decade after Vietnam
    Instructors were notoriously closemouthed about their gunnery techniques.

Translations

reticent, secretive or uncommunicative

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

brief, brusque, close, close-lipped, close-tongued, concise, curt, dark, discreet, dumb, economical of words, evasive, indisposed to talk, laconic, mum, mute, quiet, reserved, reticent, secret, secretive, shifty, short, silent, snug, sparing of words, speechless, taciturn, terse, tight-lipped, tongue-tied, uncommunicative, unloquacious, untalkative, word-bound, wordless
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