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of few words

Laconic; disinclined to speak or converse lengthily. My grandfather was a man of few words, but you always felt safe and loved around him. I always hated getting professors of few words. I mean, if you're going to go into a career in which you talk in front of students every day, you'd think you would be more inclined to actually speak!
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of few words

Not conversational or loquacious; laconic: a person of few words.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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