All 3 Uses of
To Kill a Mockingbird
- ...never take a check from a Delafield without a discreet call to the bank;
p. 175..6 (definition 1) *discreet = inconspicuous (not attracting attention)
- We ran to Tyndal's Hardware door— near enough, at the same time discreet.
p. 202..1 (definition 1)
- Mr. Raymond chuckled, not at all offended, and I tried to frame a discreet question: "Why do you do like you do?"
p. 268..2 (definition 2) *discreet = polite (using good judgment)
(1) (discreet as in: discreet--not showy or gossipy) trustworthy with secrets or subtle (not attracting attention)editor's notes: This sense of discreet sometimes indicates that something is small (so as not to attract attention) as in "discreet earrings."
(2) (discreet as in: discreet--not foolish) sensible and careful; possibly having good mannerseditor's notes: This sense of discreet is more commonly seen in classic literature than in modern writing. There is may also refer to having the judgment to exercise good manners.