Definition of plain-spoken in English:


Pronunciation /ˌplānˈspōkən/ /ˌpleɪnˈspoʊkən/


  • Outspoken or blunt.

    • ‘He was a working-class lad from the north of England, blunt, plain-spoken, down to earth, and dead keen to get on in the world.’
    • ‘Even the most straightforward and plain-spoken people misspeak.’
    • ‘There is a plain-spoken and straightforward quality to it compared to the other records.’
    • ‘His plain-spoken directness cut through the trappings of privilege.’
    • ‘Let me be plain-spoken and answer you directly, without going too far, and saying too much, about our President, or his friends, or others.’
    • ‘He had an innate egalitarianism, a plain-spoken American way of talking, a directness, a lack of airs - a plumb-line moral compass.’
    • ‘A century after him, another plain-spoken president noted that ‘the only thing new in the world is the history you don't know.’’
    • ‘Although she remains ambitious and pleasingly plain-spoken, her latest album does not seem to have evolved out of that coffee house from a decade ago, but is still easy on the ears in a very familiar, heard it all before, sort of way.’
    • ‘He has unknown support among the 62 voters, but there is a popular myth that, while his friends staunchly support him, he has accumulated many enemies for his plain-spoken views.’
    • ‘The San Francisco Chronicle described the two main characters as ‘two plain-spoken, quintessentially American subjects’.’
    • ‘This deadpan, plain-spoken style makes Jason's spoken word performances impressive, and not for their props, use of music or any other additions.’
    • ‘To be equally fair, he is a smart, plain-spoken career guy at Treasury - not someone who would ordinarily misspeak.’
    • ‘It was to Parsons' credit that he managed to reach beyond those kind of assumptions, and divine the aching sadness and plain-spoken poetry that defined the best country songs.’
    • ‘Her plain-spoken charm wows the populace and the royal family.’
    • ‘This very plain-spoken man who says exactly what he thinks, warns all of this could be the toughest part of the disaster.’
    • ‘He was a man of deep convictions, a plain-spoken fellow who did his best for his state and for his country.’
    • ‘He was, in other words, a wise, plain-spoken environmentalist before that term came into usage.’
    • ‘The main reason I enjoy them is that so many of them are very plain-spoken.’
    • ‘The portrayal of the wealthy, plantation-born William Henry Harrison as a plain-spoken general who desired only a simple life in a log cabin with plenty of hard cider is cited as evidence that stories need not be true to be effective.’
    • ‘In recent books, such as Jazz and Paradise, she seems to leave more spaces between the lines, inviting the reader to make leaps of inference between the plain-spoken and the subtly hinted.’
    candid, direct, forthright, plain, plain-spoken, straight, straightforward, straight from the shoulder, explicit, unequivocal, unambiguous, unvarnished, bald, to the point, no-nonsense, matter-of-fact
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/ˌplānˈspōkən/ /ˌpleɪnˈspoʊkən/