Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

This question already has an answer here:

Kind of like:

  • not verbose
  • not good at expressing oneself
share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by medica, oerkelens, Ronan, choster, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Jun 16 at 18:57

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

    
Have you looked in a thesaurus or a dictionary for antonyms to verbose? reticent or diffident, for example? There are many words for not expressing. Without a bit more context, it's hard to guess which one is best. –  medica Jun 16 at 4:26
    
Socially inept? –  user3306356 Jun 16 at 5:08
1  
Emo... I kid, i kid. –  Adsy Jun 16 at 10:01
    
It depends quite a lot on the reason for the behaviour: If the person is not verbose because they choose not to talk, they are taciturn, reticent or reserved; if it is because they are not good at talking, they are inarticulate or poorly spoken. (Though you would only know such when they do talk!) –  Sam Jun 16 at 12:00
    
Is "in person" the critical point? As in, they can write words and thoughts, and adequately convey their emotions in writing; but get all flustered and tongue-tied trying to do it face to face (or in front of a group)? –  Phil Perry Jun 16 at 15:05

12 Answers 12

Well, "not good at expressing onself" sounds like "inarticulate." "Not verbose" sounds like "quiet," or perhaps "reticent."

share|improve this answer

Timid seems like a good option here, since you seen to be indicating that in-person is key.

I think that perhaps taciturn could work even better.

share|improve this answer

"Tongue-tied" might describe that red-faced, ear-ringing, throbbing jugular panic that accompanies sudden speechlessness in the moment of truth.

share|improve this answer

I think reticent may give the idea:

Inclined to keep one's thoughts, feelings, and personal affairs to oneself.

share|improve this answer

There's no single word I can think of.

However, the usual expression is poor verbal communication skills (a mouthful, but that's what it is.)

See Verbal Communication on selfgrowth and Communication Skills on WP.

share|improve this answer

Cerebrotonic Designating a personality type characterised as intellectual, introverted, and emotionally restrained.

Reserved: formal or self-restrained in manner and relationship; avoiding familiarity or intimacy with others: a quiet, reserved man. 4. characterized by reserve, as the disposition, manner, etc.: reserved comments.

share|improve this answer

I found a reference once to Alexithymia in a biographical work and was intrigued by the concept. Wikipedia says: "a personality construct characterized by the sub-clinical inability to identify and describe emotions in the self".

After doing some research, it is actually a specific medical term used for clinical diagnosis: A person who might appear as an automaton in both personal and social situations. However, in the biographical work I was reading, it was used much more loosely. For example, men raised in broken families, perhaps in inner-city, survival-of-the-fittest environments, will have trouble later in life showing emotion, forming attachments and expressing love, and the author uses the word "alexithymia" in this context.

share|improve this answer

Reserved would be a good option when the person chooses to keep her/his thoughts to herself/himself.

share|improve this answer

Stilted also a possibility:

(Of a manner of talking or writing) stiff and self-conscious or unnatural

share|improve this answer

wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=dyslogia

see the word dyslogia- impaired ability to express ideas verbally.

for inability to express thoughts in written, consider agraphia.

if this doesn't satisfy you then choose the answer voted most.

share|improve this answer

Verbally (conversationally) challenged.

A euphemism is "visual learner".

share|improve this answer

How about "ineloquent," lacking eloquence?

share|improve this answer

protected by Community Jun 22 at 5:18

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality answers, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site.

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.