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[shawrt-spoh-kuh n] /ˈʃɔrtˈspoʊ kən/
speaking in a short, brief, or curt manner.
Origin of short-spoken
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The next day he was as short-spoken as Bat Truxton had been the day before Hapgood had tempted him, as irritable.

    Under Handicap Jackson Gregory
  • He is a decent, bluff, short-spoken old chap, with his heart in his work.

    Max Carrados Ernest Bramah
  • I was trying to move the sofa at the moment and I was inclined to be short-spoken.

  • One may be naturally cold, short-spoken and stern, the other suave and gentle, yet both be equally good leaders.

    Manpower Lincoln Clarke Andrews
British Dictionary definitions for short-spoken


tending to be abrupt in speech
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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