Someone who is taciturn is reserved, not loud and talkative. The word itself refers to the trait of reticence, of seeming aloof and uncommunicative. A taciturn person might be snobby, naturally quiet, or just shy.

Having its origin in the Latin tacitus, "silent," taciturn came to be used in mid-18th-century English in the sense "habitually silent." Taciturnity is often considered a negative trait, as it suggests someone uncommunicative and too quiet. Jane Austen wrote, "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 éclat of a proverb."

Definitions of taciturn
  1. adjective
    habitually reserved and uncommunicative
    incommunicative, uncommunicative
    not inclined to talk or give information or express opinions
    expressing much in few words
    (British colloquial) not inclined to conversation
    reticent, untalkative
    temperamentally disinclined to talk
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    marked by a ready flow of speech
    communicative, communicatory
    able or tending to communicate
    tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great length
    chatty, gabby, garrulous, loquacious, talkative, talky
    full of trivial conversation
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