Learn English – What do you call someone who gives a bare minimum answer which is often misleading


What do you call someone intentionally gives a completely true answer that answers a question but does not provide the information the asker is looking for?

For example, person a moves to a new school in Nevada, where people ask him where he is from. a answers that she is from Junction City, but fails to mention that it is in Kansas. a knows that they don't know where that is, but assume it is local. What is the name for someone like a?

Best Answer

In the case of your example, the guy seems to be elusive, in the sense that he essentially is trying to avoid the answer. But I get that has not much to do with a "bare minimum answer". Maybe, elusively concise. Or even reticent.