a man of few words

man of few words

A man who does not speak often or at length. Despite being a man of few words, Joseph was well-respected in his field because of his actions.
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a man (or woman) of few words

a taciturn person.
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a man/woman of few ˈwords

a person who does not talk much: Mr Robins was a man of few words, but his opinions were always respected.
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References in classic literature ?
He was a man of few words, who gave his lesson conscientiously but without enthusiasm, arriving as the clock struck and leaving on the minute.
You are a man of few words, but I haven't met anybody who dared to doubt the generosity of your sentiments.
With regard to Roland, or Rotolando, or Orlando (for the histories call him by all these names), I am of opinion, and hold, that he was of middle height, broad-shouldered, rather bow-legged, swarthy-complexioned, red-bearded, with a hairy body and a severe expression of countenance, a man of few words, but very polite and well-bred.