Remote in manner; SYN. distant.
ETYM Old Eng. coi quiet, still, Old Fren. coi, coit, fromL. quietus quiet, p. p. of quiescere to rest, quie rest; prob. akin to Eng. while. Related to While, Quiet, Quit, Quite.
1. Affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way; SYN. demure, overmodest.
2. Modestly or warily rejecting approaches or overtures.
3. Showing marked and often playful or irritating evasiveness or reluctance to make a definite or committing statement.
ETYM Perh. from Old Fren. de murs (i. e., de bonnes murs of good manners); de of + murs, mours, meurs, mors, French moeurs, from Latin mores (sing. mos) manners, morals (see Moral); or more prob. from Old Fren. meür, French műr mature, ripe (see Mature) in a phrase preceded by de, as de műre conduite of mature conduct.
1. Of sober or serious mien; composed and decorous in bearing; of modest look; staid; grave.
2. Affectedly modest, decorous, or serious; making a show of gravity.
ETYM Latin diffidens, -entis, p. pr. of diffidere; dif- = dis + fidere to trust; akin to fides faith. Related to Faith, Defy.
1. Lacking self-confidence; SYN. shy, timid, unsure.
2. Showing modest reserve.
3 Overly shy or modest. Shy; modest.
ETYM Latin privatus apart from the state, peculiar to an individual, private, properly p. p. of privare to bereave, deprive, originally, to separate, from privus single, private. Related to Prior, Deprive, Privy.
1. Concerning things deeply private and personal.
2. Confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy.
ETYM French reclus, Latin reclusus, from recludere, reclusum, to unclose, open, in Late Lat., to shut up. Related to Close.
Withdrawn from society; seeking solitude; SYN. reclusive, withdrawn.
Sinonimi: self-effacing | untalkative
ETYM Latin reticens, p. pr. of reticere to keep silence; re- + tacere to be silent. Related to Tacit.
1. Reluctant to draw attention to oneself; SYN. self-effacing.
2. Temperamentally disinclined to talk; SYN. untalkative.
1. No longer active in one's work or profession.
2. Discharged as too old for use or work; especially with a pension; SYN. superannuated.
3. (Of a ship) Withdrawn from active service; SYN. out of service.
Not arrogant or presuming; SYN. unassuming.
ETYM French secret (cf. Spanish and Portu. secreto, Italian secreto, segreto), from Latin secretus, p. p. of secernere to put apart, to separate. Related to Certain, Secrete, Secern.
1. Communicated covertly.
2. Not expressed; SYN. private.
3. Not open or public; kept private or not revealed.
4. The next to highest level of official classification for documents (before).
Constituting a complete and independent unit in and of itself; selfcontained
1. Easily startled or frightened.
2. Wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things
ETYM Latin taciturnus: cf. French taciturne. Related to Tacit.
Habitually reserved and uncommunicative.
Not assuming; not arrogant or presuming; humble; modest; retiring
Lacking pretension or affectation
1. Removed from immediate contact or easy approach; isolated
2, Socially detached and unresponsive; exhibiting withdrawal; introverted