Adjective. Tending not to talk or give out information.
I saw that neighbor kid again. I was walking around the neighborhood and he was outside of his house. (Okay, I was walking by to see if he was outside.) He stared at me while I walked by, so I said hi. He nodded his head and said hi back, but quietly.
He just nodded and said hi again.
“What’s your name?” I asked.
“Uh . . . ” he said, acting all reticent. “I have to go inside.”
“Okay,” I said, kind of bummed he would run inside like that. Maybe he’s just insanely shy. Who knows. I did get close enough to see that, yes, he does have a lip ring. I’m still not sure how old he is.