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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  • 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.


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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