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She is taciturn by nature, but people like her once they get to know her.
  habitually reserved and uncommunicative
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taciturn taciturnity
Use reticent instead of taciturn when the reluctance to speak in a particular situation only — rather than generally.
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  • She is taciturn by nature, but people like her once they get to know her.
  • She’s a bit taciturn by nature, but before breakfast you’d think she is deaf and mute.
  • Her exotic look and taciturn manner made her all the more mysterious.
  • But after that one afternoon of talk, Meo was his taciturn self again, saying little, keeping his thoughts to himself.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die

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  • Taciturn and withdrawn boys who hadn’t so much as grunted for the first two-thirds of practice now shouted insistently for the ball.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Only old Benjamin was much the same as ever, except for being a little greyer about the muzzle, and, since Boxer’s death, more morose and taciturn than ever.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • ...but grandfather was naturally taciturn, and Jake and Otto were often so tired after supper that I used to feel as if I were surrounded by a wall of silence.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • As the date of their departure back to Hogwarts drew nearer, he became more and more prone to what Mrs. Weasley called ’fits of the sullens’, in which he would become taciturn and grumpy, often withdrawing to Buckbeak’s room for hours at a time.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • ...but when he left the village, for days or years at a time, nobody knew where he went or what he did, and when he returned he was more taciturn than ever and none dared ask.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • The natural New England taciturnity reaches its glorious perfection at breakfast.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley

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  • By far the greatest part of his work is careful observation and precise thinking. That is why mechanics sometimes seem so taciturn and withdrawn when performing tests.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Taciturn, silent, insensible to the new breath of vitality that was shaking the house, Colonel Aureliano Buendia could understand only that the secret of a good old age is simply an honorable pact with solitude.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The youth, inexperience, and taciturnity of Alice Trask all turned out to be assets for Cyrus.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • she married a taciturn man who spent most of his time lying in a hammock by the river wondering if his trot-lines were full.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Mr. Fogg was as calm and taciturn as ever.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • He led off by remarking that I had the reputation of being a taciturn, rather self-centered person,
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • They returned to their meals in the taciturn presence of Garrow.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Samuel Walter McCandless, Jr., fifty-six years old, is a bearded, taciturn man with longish salt-and-pepper hair combed straight back from a high forehead.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • I have two nurses who check in on me.... One is a taciturn doughy man with blond hair and a mustache, who I don’t much like.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • And the German, roused from his taciturnity, turned to Vronsky.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • My grandmother is stoic and taciturn.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • And even then it’s not easy, because most of them are shy, rather than taciturn, and getting any of them to say anything self-congratulatory is close to impossible.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • ...said Mr. Cruncher, with a taciturn and iron-bound visage.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Lou Kasischke, the gentlemanly lawyer I’d met at the airport, had climbed six of the Seven Summits-as had Yasuko Namba, forty-seven, a taciturn personnel director who worked at the Tokyo branch of Federal Express.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Max was puzzled by the goblin’s taciturn mood.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • "Baseball," Cesar responded, hoping to elicit a smile from the taciturn official.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • They are his other lieutenants, closer to Keenan’s age than Mazen’s and possessed of the younger man’s taciturn coolness.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • There’s a man a few cabins away, a taciturn fellow, a hippie dropout of the Grizzly Adams, homemade-granola variety—full beard and turquoise rings and a guitar he plays on his back deck some nights.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He’d been taciturn the rest of the way home, his mouth set in a tense line.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • We sat around her hospital bed in the ICU, her taciturn grandfather having drawn the short straw, I guess, because he was the one chosen to break the news that her parents, Kat and Denny, had been killed instantly in the car crash that had landed her here.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • There’s enigmatic Evan, taciturn Evan, passionate Evan, and now shy little boy Evan.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Mr. King was lean and lanky, taciturn and weathered, always with a cigarette dangling from his mouth.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • However, since he had so far seemed to be naturally taciturn — except with his dogs — and because I did not feel it right, on such short acquaintance, to intrude into his personal affairs, I made no attempt to discover the nature of his distress.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Wilem remained his same taciturn self.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I had thought I was going to get Taciturn Will, Sarcastic Will.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • She was tall, trim, and taciturn.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Harold was astonished to learn that his giant, taciturn short-order cook was involved in a NASA-sponsored underwater-robotics contest.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • The engineer is a taciturn, pungent man named Walter Bernd whose pupils are misaligned.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • He was a scowling, taciturn man who made no pretense of wishing to engage in small talk with me.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It was that the solemn mother-daughter talk promised over the years for this night, the entire sex education which our taciturn society provided, was now not possible.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • He has become more taciturn: he too now communicates by postcard.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I had seldom seen the taciturn Dougal at a loss for words before.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • You’re moody and taciturn and secretive…."
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • Tough, taciturn, temperamental.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • He was very taciturn, this worthy signor.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • One of the Frenchmen, with the politeness characteristic of his countrymen, addressed the obstinately taciturn Rostov, saying that the latter had probably come to Tilsit to see the Emperor.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • When he did not pursue the matter, Saphira withdrew into a taciturn silence.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He accustomed himself to speaking to the new jailer, although the latter was, if possible, more taciturn than the old one; but still, to speak to a man, even though mute, was something.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • We are each of an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak, unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room, and be handed down to posterity with all the eclat of a proverb.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
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