- The definition of reticent is inclined to not speak or restrained or quiet in style.
An example of reticent is a student who never raises her hand or answers a question in class.
- habitually silent or uncommunicative; disinclined to speak readily; reserved; taciturn
- having a restrained, quiet, or understated quality
Origin of reticentClassical Latin reticens, present participle of reticere, to be silent ; from re-, again + tacere, to be silent: see tacit
- Inclined to keep one's thoughts, feelings, and personal affairs to oneself. See Synonyms at laconic.
- Restrained or reserved: “The laughter was steady, if reticent” (Bernard Lown).
- Usage Problem Reluctant; unwilling.
Origin of reticentLatin reticēns, reticent-, present participle of reticēre, to keep silent : re-, re- + tacēre, to be silent.
(comparative more reticent, superlative most reticent)