adjective Date: 15th century 1. speaking well, fitly, or courteously <
a well-spoken young woman
2. spoken with propriety <
well-spoken words

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Well-spoken — Well spo ken, a. [Well + speak.] [1913 Webster] 1. Speaking well; speaking with fitness or grace; speaking kindly. A knight well spoken. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Spoken with propriety; as, well spoken words. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • well-spoken — adjective someone who is well spoken has an intelligent and pleasant way of speaking a. words that are well spoken are chosen well and express exactly what the speaker wants to say …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • well-spoken — well′ spo′ken adj. 1) speaking well, fittingly, or pleasingly: a well spoken diplomat[/ex] 2) spoken in an apt, fitting, or pleasing manner: a few well spoken words on civic pride[/ex] • Etymology: 1400–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • well-spoken — [wel′spō′kən] adj. 1. speaking easily or fluently 2. speaking in a courteous or gracious manner 3. properly or aptly spoken …   English World dictionary

  • well-spoken — index civil (polite) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • well-spoken — adj speaking in a clear and polite way, and in a way that is considered correct …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • well spoken — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ speaking in an educated and refined manner …   English terms dictionary

  • well-spoken — /wel spoh keuhn/, adj. 1. speaking well, fittingly, or pleasingly: The new chairwoman was very well spoken. 2. polite in speech: a well spoken gentleman. 3. spoken in an apt, fitting, or pleasing manner: a few well spoken words on civic pride.… …   Universalium

  • well-spoken — also well spoken ADJ GRADED A well spoken person speaks in a polite correct way and with an accent which is considered socially acceptable. I remember her as a quiet, hard working and well spoken girl …   English dictionary

  • well-spoken — adjective speaking or spoken fittingly or pleasingly a well spoken gentleman a few well spoken words on civic pride • Similar to: ↑articulate …   Useful english dictionary

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