- uttered or expressed with frankness or without reserve: outspoken criticism.
- free or unreserved in speech.
- past participle of outspeak.
Origin of outspoken
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1. See frank1.
- to outdo or excel in speaking.
- to utter frankly or boldly: to outspeak one's grievances.
- to speak out: to outspeak in defense of one's beliefs.
Origin of outspeak
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Examples from the Web for outspoken
And Jeb, of course, will also have to deal with his outspoken support for Common Core, which the Republican base loathes.Be the Smarter Bush Brother, Jeb: Don’t Run!
December 17, 2014
Republican Joni Ernst, an outspoken right-winger, is the new Senator-elect from Iowa.Tea Party Firebrand Wins Big in Iowa
November 5, 2014
But there are likely clues to be found in Germán Goyeneche's outspoken passion for the buying and selling of art.Trading Dime Bags for Salvador Dali
October 19, 2014
As a powerful mother, outspoken artist, and affluent businesswoman, Beyoncé is surely a feminist success story.The Perils of Glitzy Celebrity Feminism Having a Moment
October 15, 2014
The Chinese government detained Ai, an outspoken critic, for 81 days in 2011 on charges of tax evasion.Ai Weiwei Escapes to Alcatraz
September 28, 2014
He had not been outspoken, it is true, and herein lay one of the dangers.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Had the outspoken Lady Pen said anything about her hair, she wondered.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
When Mary read this portion of the letter to her Uncle Shadrach his scorn was outspoken.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
I had to be a little—just a little—you see—you know, outspoken, or—you know what I mean.
Father Ryan is candid, truthful, and outspoken, and commands respect.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
- candid or bold in speech
- said or expressed with candour or boldness
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Word Origin and History for outspoken
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