Try Our Apps


Is irregardless a word?

direct speech

the reporting of what someone has said or written by quoting his exact words
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for direct speech
Historical Examples
  • He wisely confines himself to inuendo, trusting to the intelligence of his audience to supply the lack of direct speech.

  • There are some men to whom one instinctively pays the compliment of direct speech.

    The Zeit-Geist Lily Dougall
  • Susannah, goaded into direct speech by what seemed to her his wilful slowness, answered with the blood still hotter in her cheeks.

    The Rake's Progress Marjorie Bowen
  • Here the agent is a living man, operating in an ordinary way, by direct speech.

  • Never man heard from the stars in direct speech—that were almost like words with God.

  • Her simple, direct speech had an eloquent appeal that went straight to the heart.

    Heroines of Service Mary Rosetta Parkman
  • Arthur took his with an ill grace, and he still avoided any direct speech with me.

    The Master Mummer E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The persons do not act before us, or express themselves by direct speech.

  • So far as I recollect neither of them made any answer to this direct speech.

    Marie H. Rider Haggard
  • But until to-day patience and caution and much humility had kept him from direct speech.

    Foes Mary Johnston

Word of the Day

Word Value for direct

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for direct speech