An example of reticent is a student who never raises her hand or answers a question in class.
- silent or uncommunicative; disinclined to speak readily, often, specif., habitually so
- 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 retic&emacron;ns, reticent-, present participle of retic&emacron;re, to keep silent : re-, re- + tac&emacron;re, to be silent.
(comparative more reticent, superlative most reticent)
Latin reticens, present participle of reticere (“to keep silence"); re- + tacere (“to be silent").