Definition of smooth-talking in English:



  • Using charming or flattering language to persuade someone to do something.

    ‘a smooth-talking salesman’
    • ‘Ridsdale, I guess, was your characteristic smooth-talking, egotistical chairman.’
    • ‘Police say the Swindon area is under siege by gangs of smooth-talking con artists.’
    • ‘Fitz was the smooth-talking teacher, who had been a soccer star in South Africa.’
    • ‘A smooth-talking lawyer got him off the hook on the grounds of constitutional rights.’
    • ‘Dr Lucas rejected suggestions that the admissions process favoured confident, smooth-talking public school pupils.’
    • ‘But former investors say behind the facade was a smooth-talking, pathological liar.’
    • ‘James Richardson rose to prominence as the smooth-talking presenter of Football Italia on Channel 4.’
    • ‘But smooth-talking lawyers from the truck company convinced the uneducated man to drop his case.’
    • ‘The smooth-talking, shiny-suited salespeople who sold endowments expected to be paid handsomely for their efforts.’
    • ‘He knows that menace is more effective when conveyed through smooth-talking charm rather than a snarl.’
    • ‘Even smooth-talking Whicker is stunned into momentary silence with that one.’
    • ‘I think he is a smooth-talking politician and a wonderful, charismatic speech deliverer as well.’
    • ‘Butter was used as an analogy for smooth-talking hypocrites who talk peace while making war.’
    • ‘Find out how a smooth-talking felon managed to build trust and make friends in a small town.’
    • ‘The smooth-talking Swede has come with a carrot as well as a stick.’
    • ‘They include a smooth-talking DJ, lager-swilling lads and dancing girls.’
    • ‘The smooth-talking young commander with a pistol on his hip was gone and the swept-back hair had changed.’
    • ‘Philip Bretherton, 49, is playing smooth-talking luxury car dealer Ian Davenport in the hit soap.’
    • ‘Montreal women take note: you might be approached by smooth-talking and wildly persuasive gentlemen this weekend.’
    • ‘Unfaithful, sly, smooth-talking and quick-witted, 350 million people tuned in from around the world to find out who shot him.’