My sister says I ask too many questions, such as "What have you been up to lately?" She is the only person who says that.

What do you call a person who doesn't like questions being asked?


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Another good word would be reticent: inclined to be silent or uncommunicative in speech.

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    'uncommunicative'? (google ngrams says you're right, but still...)
    – Mitch
    Commented Nov 7, 2011 at 16:33

If you don't want to be critical of her, you could say she's a private person.

If you want to imply she might be hiding something, you could say she is secretive.


There may be different reasons why questions about oneself are unwanted.

shy people feel uncomfortable being in center of others attention and that includes being asked a lot of questions.

secretive people either have something to hide, or just don't like ttalking about themselves much.

Same goes for silent in the meaning Not inclined to speak; not talkative.


In this case it sounds like your sister is more indignant than any of the other terms suggested.


Feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment.


In answer to your question "What do you call a person who doesn't like questions being asked?", I think of such a person as an authoritarian, self-important, fascist, close-minded, stupid, supercilious, cross-grained, arrogant and imperious fool, dunderhead, or dictator.

But perhaps that's not what you want to know, and perhaps meant to ask, "How should [Maureen] refer to this question-averse aspect of her sister?", which of course I don't know. However, if previously-suggested shy, silent, private and secretive don't apply, also consider veiled, introverted, taciturn, censorial, no-nonsense, thin-skinned, touchy and untalkative.


This person is guarded

The ODO proposes this rather good example sentence:

‘The question took him by surprise, and his eyes grew guarded and cautious, his own grip tightening as well.’

You might say that she answers your questions guardedly, too.


If the person being asked the question wishes to conceal something embarrassing or otherwise inconvenient, evasive is a good fit.

If they feel the questioner is overstepping a social boundary, then resentful may be what you're after.


indisputable/ defensive / unquestionable / unimpeachable / unapproachable / above the law / incontestable


There isn't a correct answer to your question. Whatever adjective you choose largely depends on your sister's personality traits and life experiences. That said, one might say your sister is shy, introverted, reserved, reticent, secretive, insecure, taciturn or unsociable. Whichever I choose would be a real guessing game, though.


Based on analysis of Gardner's multiple intelligences, the faculties of the mind and the characteristics suggestive of the learning disabled: adding inattentiveness or inadvertance, bodily or mindfully impaired and/or lost, visually or aurally illiterate, unfocused, corrupt, unreasonable to be a fool! However, the summarized fool is based off memory and attention issues. He may not like other conversational circumstances. If he doesn't like conversational circumstances entirely he is sociolinguistically (conversationally) incompetent, Noam Chomsky might say. The person who doesn't like answering questions in the worst case would be a fool. This question has helped me to see that incompetence, impairment, mindlessness, illiteracy and foolishness can be a rolling problem. It's only rolling if the worst case scenario fool has memory and attention problems, and the rest aforementioned. Thanks for helping me study for the Praxis PLT with this archetype!

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    If your answer is "fool", please put it up front and make your defense clear. This text is nearly word salad.
    – MetaEd
    Commented Aug 13, 2013 at 22:11
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    You had me at 'Based on..'.
    – Mitch
    Commented Aug 13, 2013 at 22:23
  • He had me at 'Based'.
    – Erik Kowal
    Commented May 8, 2014 at 9:42

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