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[fair-spoh-kuh n] /ˈfɛərˈspoʊ kən/
speaking or spoken in a courteous, civil, or plausible manner; smooth-spoken.
Origin of fair-spoken
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75
Related forms
fair-spokenness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for fair-spoken
Historical Examples
  • Listen to me, and I will tell you what three weeks ago this fair-spoken and sweet-smiling cavalier did.

    Graham of Claverhouse Ian Maclaren
  • Hector Brady, like his son, was a fair-spoken villain, but none the less dangerous for all that.

    Motor Matt's Hard Luck Stanley R. Matthews
  • The fair-spoken countess made use of strange and subtle theories.

    File No. 113 Emile Gaboriau
  • A great deal depends on the answer—a good-looking and fair-spoken person may travel far and suffer no hunger in the land.

    Cornish Saints and Sinners J. Henry Harris
  • He was a scholar, and a ripe and good one; exceeding wise, fair-spoken, and persuading.

    Putnam's Phrase Book Edwin Hamlin Carr
  • He was a fair-spoken man whom few loved and many feared, and between him and the “Learned Blacksmith” there was “no love lost.”

    Dorothy's House Party

    Evelyn Raymond
  • Some thought it was easier counting with the auld rough Knight than the fair-spoken young ane—but mair of that anon.

  • Some thought it was easier counting with the auld rough knight than the fair-spoken young ane—but mair of that anon.

    Red Gauntlet Sir Walter Scott
  • Cunning, fair-spoken oppressor of the poor, has not thy sin found thee out?

    Twenty-Five Village Sermons Charles Kingsley
  • "He's a fair-spoken man, Edmonson; I kind of think he'll square it up, after all," he said hopefully.

    The Wizard's Daughter and Other Stories Margaret Collier Graham
British Dictionary definitions for fair-spoken


civil, courteous, or elegant in speech
Derived Forms
fair-spokenness, noun
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