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[smooth -spoh-kuh n] /ˈsmuðˈspoʊ kən/
speaking or spoken easily and softly.
Origin of smooth-spoken
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for smooth-spoken
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  • The most dangerous man was apt to be quiet and smooth-spoken.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • Damn the insolent, smooth-spoken knave of hearts, and confound the women!

    Prisoners of Hope Mary Johnston
  • Among them was the smooth-spoken corregidor, now woefully crestfallen.

    Antony Waymouth W.H.G. Kingston
  • He was not a smooth-spoken fellow, but he did not wish to offend Lord Medenham.

    Cynthia's Chauffeur

    Louis Tracy
  • He watched the newspapers, too—but no longer was he to be taken in by smooth-spoken agents.

    The Jungle Upton Sinclair
  • I scarcely recognised Miss Rose, who had always looked so pleasant, and been such a smooth-spoken young lady.

  • Clive and Hugh looked askance at the comrade they knew as a rule as a smooth-spoken, wool-gathering fellow.

    King of Ranleigh

    F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
  • How I envied the smooth-spoken man of science his ability to say these words so glibly!

  • He was always a villain, smooth-spoken and plausible, but a dangerous, subtle villain all the same.

    Beyond the City Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He was smooth-spoken and courteous to his equals, and generally affable, though with constraint, to his inferiors.

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for smooth-spoken


speaking or spoken in a gently persuasive or competent manner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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