- tending to conceal one's thoughts, feelings, affairs, etc. from others; reticent; not frank or open
Origin of secretivesecret + -ive
- a. Having a tendency to keep one's thoughts or activities unknown to others: a secretive neighbor; secretive spy agencies.b. Characterized by or done in secrecy: a secretive meeting; a secretive act.
- Suggestive of the keeping of secrets: a secretive look; a secretive whisper.
- Tending to remain concealed. Used of animals.