What is the one-word description of someone who avoids gossips(listening and spreading as well)? Specifically, not a recluse, but a sincere and practical person who believes in realistic-facts and not dramatic, sensational but trivial stories.

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There are several candidates. Here are four:

Reserved = Reserved people do not often talk about or show their feelings or thoughts:


Reserved = restrained in words and actions

Merriam Webster

Reticent = unwilling to speak about your thoughts or feelings


Taciturn = tending not to speak much:


Restrained = acting in a calm and controlled way


Of these, I would normally use reserved because it seems to include the qualities of the other three. A reserved person may be taciturn, restrained, reticent, or any combination of the three.


who believes in realistic-facts and not dramatic, sensational but trivial stories

grounded might fit here:

—used to describe a person who is sensible and has a good understanding of what is really important in life (Merriam-Webster)

  • I can't find the page. If you are referring to this, merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grounded, then it says about someone who is mentally and emotionally stable, more like phlegmatic. That doesn't align much with the one who hates telltales. Feb 6, 2021 at 8:26
  • @Trusha_Patel Scroll down for more definitions there.
    – MWB
    Feb 6, 2021 at 8:28
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    @bobcat- Sorry. Nevertheless, I believe this applies more to someone who is realistic, for instance, a down-to-earth celebrity, who understands that fame and limelight are temporary and faux, but nothing about gossips. So it makes up for a partial answer. Feb 6, 2021 at 8:36

Perhaps you could call such a person Staid

Characterized by sedateness and often a strait-laced sense of propriety; serious and conventional.

[American Heritage Dictionary]

Another good choice would be Sobersides

A serious and sedate individual

But he was never a rapscallion ripstitch— Always a prim and proper little man, A butter-won’t-melt-in-my-mouth young sobersides, Since he found his own feet.


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