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    Question Looking for an adjective

    Hello,

    I'm trying to find an adjective to define a man (tall and thin) who is : aloof, independent, intelligent, quiet, quick-thinker, and introverted.
    I don't seem to find one that is effective

    Can anybody help?
    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: Looking for an adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by drw1 View Post
    Hello,

    I'm trying to find an adjective to define a man (tall and thin) who is : aloof, independent, intelligent, quiet, quick-thinker, and introverted.
    I don't seem to find one that is effective

    Can anybody help?
    Thank you in advance.
    I can't believe that there is any language which has a single adjective to describe a "tall, thin, aloof, independent, intelligent, quiet, quick-thinking, introverted man". If there is a word for that in Italian, then I will be amazed!
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    Default Re: Looking for an adjective

    "Engineer" almost fits, except for the tall and thin part.

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    Default Re: Looking for an adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I can't believe that there is any language which has a single adjective to describe a "tall, thin, aloof, independent, intelligent, quiet, quick-thinking, introverted man". If there is a word for that in Italian, then I will be amazed!
    I know, it's difficult, but "tall and thin" don't really describe his character, I mentioned them just to give an idea of the man's aspect.I was more interested in describing his character: independent, intelligent, quiet, quick-thinking, and introverted.
    In Italian there are slang words that would help....But I need an English term. Thank you anyway.

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    Default Re: Looking for an adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Engineer" almost fits, except for the tall and thin part.
    YES, "engineer" gives the idea. Unfortunately the man is a lieutenant and I'm afraid describing him as engineer would be confusing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Engineer" almost fits, except for the tall and thin part.
    I think I'm missing something. What led you to the word "engineer" (which to me means either someone who fixes machinery, or a rank in the army)?
    I still can't see why knowing that it is a tall, thin man was supposed to help us.
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    Default Re: Looking for an adjective

    "Engineering" is a profession. Not someone who fixes machines. There are various disciplines, from civil to mechanical to chemical to electrical.

    They are stereotypically smart, yet socially awkward. Hence introverted and quiet, quick thinking and intelligent.

    Ever watch "The Big Bang Theory"? While three of the main characters are physicists, the 4th is an engineer. The same stereotypes apply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Engineering" is a profession. Not someone who fixes machines. There are various disciplines, from civil to mechanical to chemical to electrical.

    They are stereotypically smart, yet socially awkward. Hence introverted and quiet, quick thinking and intelligent.

    Ever watch "The Big Bang Theory"? While three of the main characters are physicists, the 4th is an engineer. The same stereotypes apply.
    Wow. OK.
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