Word for person unwilling to share information

  • Raftesath

    What do you call a person who is unwilling to share information?

  • Answers
  • Mehper C. Palavuzlar

    One possibility is to use:

    reticent (n.): not willing to provide information about something, especially about yourself or your feelings.

  • Brian Hooper

    In addition to Mehper's answer, I'd suggest discreet might be a good word, if you mean this in the approving sense, or close (meaning 18: Secretive; reticent: "was close about her personal life" ) otherwise. Secretive might also apply in extreme cases.

  • Mustafa

    I would use secretive.

    Secretive: inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information.

  • tenfour

    I would submit: Paranoid.

    Use with caution.

  • stacker

    If it is about private information, the person could be said to be privacy aware.

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    synonyms - Word for person who loves to share knowledge
  • Thedal

    What is a word for a person who loves to share knowledge? So far I have educator in mind. Is there any other word?

  • Related Answers
  • ShreevatsaR

    How about "maven"? According to the Wikipedia article,

    A maven (also mavin) is a trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass knowledge on to others.

    [Admittedly, many dictionaries define the word merely as something like "an expert", but the meaning is in flux, and the "person who loves to share knowledge" meaning is getting more common.]

  • David Cary

    A pedagogue likes to teach others things.

  • JK2

    How about "pundit"? A pundit is a person who knows a lot about a particular subject and who often talks about it in public

    From: http://oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/dictionary/pundit

  • Jonathan Van Matre

    In addition to the excellent answers previously given with positive connotations, I offer this pejorative one:


    ...because loving to share your knowledge doesn't always mean others love to receive it.

    That's not intended as a subtle dig at StackExchange users. I just really like the word.

  • Danack

    Within religion and technology people who are keen to spread ideas are know as evangelists.

    "The Greek word εὐαγγέλιον originally meant a reward given to the messenger for good news".

    For evangelists who are promoting knowledge of a certain type of technology or religion, spreading the 'word' is seen as it's own reward, rather than seeking any monetary reward.

  • rhetorician

    A fountainhead is a person who is a source of all kinds of knowledge. S/he may not love sharing that knowledge, however.

    On the other hand, why would a fountainhead deliberately dam up the works by refusing to share knowledge? Besides, isn't the job of a literal fountainhead benefit all the people who congregate around it? How could a fountainhead of knowledge not love benefitting others?

    Yeah, fountainhead is a apt word to describe someone who loves sharing knowledge.

  • user69781

    A professor is someone who professes his knowledge or faith, gratuitously, sometimes. To all who would listen.