I swear there's a word that's essentially the opposite of a gossiper, but can't for the life of me remember what it is. I know there are words for the opposite {ie gossiper, busybody, etc...}, but where are the words for what I'm looking for?


I think the word you're looking for (if you want an antonym of gossiper) is confidant:

one to whom secrets are entrusted; especially : INTIMATE · He is a trusted confidant of the president.


There are many synonyms of gossiper, both single word and phrases. True single word antonyms are lacking. Suggestions, both single word and phrases are:

reticent. discreet. close-mouthed. close-lipped. Oxford

‘The candidates have been close-mouthed about their fund-raising goals.’

‘He is notoriously close-mouthed.’

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