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Adjective reserved has 2 senses


  •  Kept for future or special use, or for an exigency; as, reserved troops; a reserved seat in a theater.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Restrained from freedom in words or actions; backward, or cautious, in communicating one's thoughts and feelings; not free or frank.  [1913 Webster]
    "To all obliging, yet reserved to all."  [1913 Webster]
    "Nothing reserved or sullen was to see."  [1913 Webster]


reserved, adj.
1 reticent; slow to reveal emotion or opinions; uncommunicative.
2 a set apart, destined for some use or fate. b (often foll. by for, to) left by fate for; falling first or only to.

reserved occupation an occupation from which a person will not be taken for military service.
reservedly adv. reservedness n.



Olympian, Spartan, abbreviated, abridged, aloof, antisocial, aposiopestic, backward, bashful, blank, brief, brusque, ceremonious, chilled, chilly, clipped, close, close-lipped, close-tongued, closemouthed, cold, compact, compendious, compressed, concise, condensed, conserved, constrained, contracted, controlled, conventional, cool, crisp, curt, cut, demure, detached, diffident, dignified, discreet, distant, docked, elliptic, epigrammatic, expressionless, forbidding, formal, frigid, frosty, gnomic, guarded, held, held back, held in reserve, ice-cold, icy, impassive, impersonal, inaccessible, incommunicable, introverted, kept, laconic, modest, modified, noncommittal, offish, pithy, pointed, poker-faced, preserved, prim, pruned, put by, quiet, remote, removed, repressed, restrained, retained, reticent, retiring, rigid, saved, sedate, sententious, short, short and sweet, shortened, shrinking, shy, silent, spare, standoff, standoffish, strait-laced, subdued, succinct, summary, suppressed, synopsized, taciturn, terse, tight, tight-lipped, tights, to the point, truncated, unaffable, unapproachable, uncommunicative, uncongenial, undemonstrative, unemotional, unexpansive, ungenial, unresponsive, unsocial, withdrawn, withheld




N taciturnity, silence, muteness, obmutescence, taciturnity, pauciloquy, costiveness, curtness, reserve, reticence, man of few words, silent, mute, mum, silent as a post, silent as a stone, silent as the grave, dumb, unconversable, taciturn, sparing of words, closetongued, costive, inconversable, curt, reserved, reticent, Int, shush!, tush!, silence!, mum!, hush!, chut!, hist!, tut!, chup!, mum's the word, keep your mouth shut!, cave quid dicis quando et cui, volto sciolto i pensieri stretti.


N modesty, humility, diffidence, timidity, retiring disposition, unobtrusiveness, bashfulness, mauvaise honte, blush, blushing, verecundity, self-knowledge, reserve, constraint, demureness, blushing honors, modest, diffident, humble, timid, timorous, bashful, shy, nervous, skittish, coy, sheepish, shamefaced, blushing, overmodest, unpretending, unpretentious, unobtrusive, unassuming, unostentatious, unboastful, unaspiring, poor in spirit, out of countenance, reserved, constrained, demure, humbly, quietly, privately, without ceremony, without beat of drum, sans fa, not stepping o'er the bounds of modesty, thy modesty's a candle to thy merit.


N concealment, hiding, occultation, mystification, seal of secrecy, screen, disguise, masquerade, masked battery, hiding place, cryptography, steganography, freemasonry, stealth, stealthiness, sneakiness, obreption, slyness, latitancy, latitation, seclusion, privacy, secrecy, secretness, incognita, reticence, reserve, mental reserve, reservation, arriere pensee, suppression, evasion, white lie, misprision, silence, suppression of truth, underhand dealing, closeness, secretiveness, mystery, latency, snake in the grass, secret, stowaway, concealed, hidden, secret, recondite, mystic, cabalistic, occult, dark, cryptic, cryptical, private, privy, in petto, auricular, clandestine, close, inviolate, tortuous, behind a screen, undercover, under an eclipse, in ambush, in hiding, in disguise, in a cloud, in a fog, in a mist, in a haze, in a dark corner, in the shade, in the dark, clouded, wrapped in clouds, wrapt in clouds, invisible, buried, underground, perdu, secluded, undisclosed &c, untold, covert, untraceable, mysterious, irrevealable, inviolable, confidential, esoteric, not to be spoken of, unmentionable, obreptitious, furtive, stealthy, feline, skulking, surreptitious, underhand, hole and corner, sly, secretive, evasive, reserved, reticent, uncommunicative, buttoned up, close, close as wax, taciturn, secretly, in secret, in private, in one's sleeve, in holes and corners, in the dark, januis clausis, with closed doors, a huis clos, hugger mugger, a la derobee, under the cloak of, under the rose, under the table, sub rosa, en tapinois, in the background, aside, on the sly, with bated breath, sotto voce, in a whisper, without beat of drum, a la sourdine, behind the veil, beyond mortal ken, beyond the grave, beyond the veil, hid from mortal vision, into the eternal secret, into the realms supersensible, into the supreme mystery, in confidence, in strict confidence, in strictest confidence, confidentially, between ourselves, between you and me, between you and me and the bedpost, entre nous, inter nos, under the seal of secrecy, a couvert, underhand, by stealth, like a thief in the night, stealthily, behind the scenes, behind the curtain, behind one's back, behind a screen, incognito, in camera, it must go no further, it will go no further, don't tell a soul, tell it not in Gath, nobody the wiser, alitur vitium vivitque tegendo, let it be tenable in your silence still, background information, deep background information, deep background, background session, backgrounder, not for attribution.

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