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Definition of Taciturno

Spanish adjective used to describe. A taciturn person is reserved, not very talkative. The word itself refers to the trait of reticence, of appearing aloof and uncommunicative. Someone who is taciturn may be snobbish, quiet by nature or simply shy.


  1. Snobbish
  2. Quiet
  3. Moody
  4. Gloomy
  5. Melancholic
  6. Thoughtful

ORIGIN OF Taciturno

Taciturn appears in written records in the first half of the 18th century. James Miller, a British clergyman who graduated from Oxford, gives an early example of its use in his 1734 satirical drama, in which a character describes a nephew with the following: When he was little, he was never what they call roguish or mischievous, but was always close, quiet, and taciturn.

Apparently, it has taken too long to adopt this useful derivative of the Latin verb tacēre, meaning ‘to be quiet’. Other variables of this word are the adjective tácito, an adjective meaning ¡expressed without words or implied, at least since the mid-17th century. And we have the noun taciturnity, meaning ‘habitual silence’.


It was not like her to be so taciturn.

She was taciturn and almost melancholy. Her parents had raised her on stories of suffering.

I tried to engage him in polite conversation, but he seemed very taciturn, not to say morose.

The ship’s captain was a taciturn man who spoke only to give orders.

As an adult, Viktor is an unstable and taciturn figure, a mediocre violinist and the author of a memoir that purports to expose the ruthless family dynamics of the notorious Umbrella Academy.