1. (of a person) reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little

2. temperamentally disinclined to talk

3. A person that does not say very much and can seem unfriendly

Someone who is taciturn is reserved; not loud and talkative. The word itself refers to the trait of reticence, or seeming aloof and uncommunicative.

– Vocabulary Dictionary

Part of Speech (POS)


Below are a few examples of how to use the word correctly in a sentence:

• Despite his taciturn personality, Demetrius enjoys spending time with his friends. (Complex Sentence)

• Demetrius is a taciturn fiction writer and he enjoys camping with his wife. (Compound Sentence).

• Although Demetrius is taciturn, he loves camping with his wife, so they take monthly camping trips to the Sequoia National Forest in California. (Compound-Complex Sentence)

• “I’m just a taciturn guy, who loves to write,” Demetrius said. (Simple Sentence)

Other Words from Taciturn

1. taciturnly = adverb

2. taciturnity = noun

Here are a few synonyms for the word Taciturn. Remember, a synonym is a word or a phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase.

• reserved

• uncommunicative

• silent

• reticent

• tight-lipped

• quiet


1. On a fresh sheet of paper, write three complex sentences using the word taciturn. (A complex sentence is a sentence that contains one independent and at least one dependent clause).

An independent clause is a complete thought that can stand alone as a sentence. A dependent clause is not a complete thought. It’s a sentence that depends on the independent clause.

2. On that same sheet of paper, write two compound sentences using a different word form of taciturn. (A compound sentence is a sentence containing two (or more) independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction or semicolon.)

3. After you have completed this assignment, please type your written sentences in the Leave a Reply/Leave a Comment section below (keep scrolling down).

4. Please review The 4 Types of Sentences workshop in our Basic Rules of Grammar category.

A member of our teaching staff will provide helpful feedback on the sentences you provide in the comment section below. If you have any questions related to this workshop, please feel free to post them below.

Writing Tip: Use the word during a conversation today. The more you familiarize yourself with this word by consistently incorporating it in your vocabulary and writing, the easier it will be to remember the word. Figuratively speaking, you’ll own the word.

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