tight-lipped
adjective Date: 1876 1. having the lips closed tight (as in determination) 2. reluctant to speak ; taciturn

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • tight-lipped — [ˌtaıt ˈlıpt] adj 1.) unwilling to talk about something ▪ Diplomats are remaining tight lipped about the negotiations. 2.) with your lips tightly pressed together because you are angry …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tight-lipped — [ ,taıt lıpt ] adjective 1. ) MAINLY JOURNALISM refusing to comment on something, especially to journalists 2. ) someone who is tight lipped has their lips pressed tightly together because they are annoyed about something or they do not approve… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tight-lipped — *silent, uncommunicative, taciturn, close, close lipped, closemouthed, reticent, reserved, secretive …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • tight-lipped — tight′ lipped′ adj. 1) cvb speaking very little; taciturn; closemouthed 2) cvb having the lips drawn tight • Etymology: 1875–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • tight-lipped — index mute Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • tight-lipped — [adj] silent buttoned up*, clammed up*, closemouthed, dumb, hushed, mum, mute, muted, not talkative, quiet, reserved, restrained, reticent, secretive, taciturn, tongue tied, zipped; concept 594 …   New thesaurus

  • tight-lipped — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ with the lips firmly closed, as a sign of suppressed emotion or unwillingness to divulge information …   English terms dictionary

  • tight-lipped — [tīt′lipt′] adj. 1. having the lips closed tightly 2. not saying much; taciturn or secretive …   English World dictionary

  • tight-lipped — 1) ADJ GRADED: oft ADJ about n/wh If you describe someone as tight lipped, you mean that they are unwilling to give any information about something. Military officials are still tight lipped about when or whether their forces will launch a ground …   English dictionary

  • tight-lipped — adjective a) Unwilling to divulge information. He would have sprung upon Captain Blood, who stood aloof, alert, tight lipped, and watchful. b) Having the lips pressed together. Syn: discreet, secretive Ant …   Wiktionary

  • tight-lipped — {adj.} A taciturn person; one who doesn t say much. * /The witness was tight lipped about what she saw for fear of physical retaliation by the mob./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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