- candid; frank; blunt.
- using simple, direct language: a plain-spoken politician.
Origin of plain-spoken
First recorded in 1670–80
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direct, open, forthright.
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Examples from the Web for plain-spoken
Trying to be ordinary, plain-spoken, and spontaneous made it worse.Why Does Everyone Hate Lea Michele?
October 9, 2014
The president's people are plain-spoken, loyal, and courageous.The Politics of "Patriots"
August 9, 2012
She's a plain-spoken pol from Toledo who wants to put Wall Street bankers behind bars.Michael Moore's Muse
October 6, 2009
Mr. Froud had listened open-mouthed to this plain-spoken homily.The Golden Shoemaker
J. W. Keyworth
With a gasp the secretary thought: 'I knew that was a plain-spoken man!'Five Tales
He is gone; I knew he could not withstand my plain-spoken truths.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13
Phyllis found Mrs. Thorpe could be plain-spoken as well as kind.Old Valentines
Munson Aldrich Havens
Her plain-spoken friend was sitting on her bed in a kimono as the girl came in.Tam O' The Scoots
- candid; frank; blunt
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Word Origin and History for plain-spoken
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