1

Braggart is a noun meaning someone who boasts about their achievements. Exhibitionist is also a noun meaning a person who acts in an extravagant way. Another example of a word in this synonym-family is "show-off".

I am having a lot of trouble thinking of a true antonym for these. Sure, humble or humility work well, but one is an adjective and the other is a noun that someone possesses.

What is a word for a PERSON who is humble or someone who has humility. A word that means "humble person" in the same way "braggart" means "boastful person".

Thank you.

  • 2
    A "reserved", "modest", "discrete" or "shy" person. – Graffito Sep 8 '15 at 0:38
  • 1
    @Graffito "Discreet" is likely what you meant. "Discrete" means something else. – Deepak Sep 8 '15 at 1:41
  • 1
    Please define 'true' antonym, especially given the context of your request for a true antonym (singular) for different words. – Lamar Latrell Sep 8 '15 at 3:15
  • @Deepak - yes, I meant "discreet" (marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint), and not "discrete" (distinct) . Shameful mistake :(. – Graffito Sep 8 '15 at 9:05
  • What did a thesaurus suggest??? – Hot Licks Nov 27 '16 at 21:29
1

If it's a noun you're demanding, the closest I can find is introvert:

introvert n 1. a shy person

  • 1
    Your answer would be strengthened by providing an explanation of why introvert is suitable, with such supporting dictionary definitions, examples, or other references that may be appropriate. I would disagree; being an extravert is orthagonal to being a blowhard or a ham or a showoff. – choster Sep 8 '15 at 14:42
  • @choster hows this? – candied_orange Sep 8 '15 at 14:56
0

"Humble" and it's variants would tend to be the natural antonyms here. Most of the other options I think of would be indirect antonyms. That said, consider:

  • Reserved
  • Modest or Discreet (Mentioned in a previous comment)
  • Quietly Confident
  • Modest
  • Welcome to ELU! Could you add some (linked) definitions to prove your answer? – marcellothearcane Jul 29 '17 at 14:18

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

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