Definition of plain-spoken in English:

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plain-spoken

Pronunciation: /ˌplānˈspōkən/
(also plainspoken)

adjective

Outspoken; blunt.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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
informal upfront

Derivatives

plain-spokenness

noun
Example sentences
  • He inspires with his plain-spokenness and straightforward sentiment, which is not to imply that his work is not challenging - on the contrary, he deals in a disjunctive logic whose timbre is tinged with riddle, koan, and warning.
  • The moving third movement from the ‘Concord’ Sonata is here, however, and he plays it with the requisite plain-spokenness.
  • She, who was never afraid to experiment with different styles and difficult combinations, has won a dedicated group of fans for her plain-spokenness, as well as for her mature presentation and high degree of artistry.

Words that rhyme with plain-spoken

awoken, bespoken, betoken, broken, foretoken, oaken, outspoken, ryokan, spoken, token, woken

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Syllabification: plain-spo·ken

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