Plain-spoken Plain"-spo`ken, a. Speaking with plain, unreserved sincerity; also, spoken sincerely; as, plain-spoken words. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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  • plain-spoken — [plān′spō′kən] adj. speaking or spoken plainly or frankly plain spokenness n …   English World dictionary

  • plain-spoken — 1670s, from PLAIN (Cf. plain) (adj.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • plain-spoken — index straightforward Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • plain-spoken — adjective saying what you think directly and honestly but without being rude …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • plain-spoken — also plainspoken ADJ GRADED (approval) If you say that someone is plain spoken, you mean that they say exactly what they think, even when they know that what they say may not please other people. ...a plain spoken American full of scorn for pomp… …   English dictionary

  • plain-spoken — /playn spoh keuhn/, adj. 1. candid; frank; blunt. 2. using simple, direct language: a plain spoken politician. [1670 80] Syn. direct, open, forthright. * * * …   Universalium

  • plain-spoken — adjective he s not being rude, he s just plain spoken Syn: candid, frank, outspoken, forthright, direct, honest, truthful, open, blunt, straightforward, explicit, unequivocal, unambiguous, not afraid to call a spade a spade, tell it like it is;… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • plain-spoken — plain′ spo′ken adj. candid; frank; blunt • Etymology: 1670–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • plain spoken — Synonyms and related words: Spartan, articulate, artless, ascetic, austere, bald, bare, bluff, blunt, broad, brusque, candid, common, commonplace, direct, downright, dry, dull, eloquent, explicit, forthright, frank, frankhearted, free, free hand …   Moby Thesaurus

  • plain-spoken — adj 1. plain, plain speaking, point blank, blunt, to the point; abrupt, bluff, brusque, tactless, rude, downright, outright, out and out, explicit, unequivocal, Inf. flatfooted; outspoken, free, free spoken, free speaking, unreticent, bold,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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