Origin of taciturnfrom French or L: French taciturne; Classical Latin taciturnus from tacere: see tacit
The shy and taciturn young man felt extremely nervous while giving his presentation to the audience.
An example of taciturn is a person who sits quietly at the edge of the room and only responds in short sentences when spoken to.
- Habitually untalkative. See Synonyms at laconic.
- Characterized by reserve or a lack of expression: “Beneath his taciturn exterior was an optimist” ( Buzz Bizzinger )
Origin of taciturnFrench taciturne from Old French from Latin taciturnus from tacitus silent ; see tacit .
(comparative more taciturn, superlative most taciturn)
- Normally patient, taciturn ox can sometimes turn eccentric and short-tempered.
- Sagittarian men are willing to overlook many things, including someone who does not display any athletic abilities or is taciturn, but they will not overlook cruelty to animals.
- At dinner the prince usually spoke to the taciturn Michael Ivanovich more often than to anyone else.
- He was without question a reactionary, morose and taciturn, and spent nearly all his time shut up in his palace.
- In society Anson seems to have been cold and taciturn.