1. Reluctant to share one’s thoughts and feelings.
2. Restrained or unwilling.
From Latin reticere (to keep silent), from tacere (to be silent). Earliest documented use: 1825.
“Lester is usually among the more reticent Red Sox, so a statement from him falling somewhere between candid and brash rates as a surprise.”
Gabe Lacques; Red Sox’s Jon Lester; USA Today (Washington, DC); Jan 25, 2011.
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