“getting on in years" and "was not generally given to conversation"

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PEIQI

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Chinese
Hi,
what dose “getting on in years" and "was not generally given to conversation" mean ?
here is the context:
Thorhall was a large man, dark and coarse-featured; he was getting on in years and difficult to handle. He was a silent man, who was not generally given to conversation, devious and yet insulting in his speech, and who usually did his best to make trouble.

 
  • reno33

    Senior Member
    English - USA
    getting on in years = starting to get old (probably around 65 for most people)

    was not given to conversation = quiet....someone who doesn't like to speak much
     
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