secretive etymology

English word secretive comes from English secret, English -ive

Detailed word origin of secretive

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
secret English (eng) (archaic, in the plural) The genital organs.. (countable, uncountable) Knowledge that is hidden and intended to be kept hidden. [from later 14th c.]. (uncountable) Something not understood or known. (obsolete) Faithful to a secret; not inclined to divulge or betray confidence; secretive, separate, apart.. (obsolete) Separate; distinct.. (obsolete) Withdrawn from general intercourse or [...]
-ive English (eng) An adjective suffix signifying relating or belonging to, of the nature of, tending to; as affirmative, active, conclusive, corrective, diminutive.
secretive English (eng) Having an inclination to secrecy.

Words with the same origin as secretive

Descendants of -ive
administrative aggressive competitive explosive investigative manipulative obsessive protective