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soft-spoken

[sawft-spoh-kuh n, soft-] /ˈsɔftˈspoʊ kən, ˈsɒft-/
adjective
1.
(of persons) speaking with a soft or gentle voice; mild.
2.
(of words) softly or mildly spoken; persuasive.
Origin of soft-spoken
1600-1610
First recorded in 1600-10
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Examples from the Web for soft-spoken
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  • I don't wonder that girl is such a meek, soft-spoken kind of thing.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I leave the sneaking off to them soft-spoken chaps you're thinking of.

    One Day More Joseph Conrad
  • She acknowledged too some fear of this quiet, soft-spoken frontiersman.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • These soft-spoken guys are the kind I lay off, believe you me!

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • She is as soft-spoken as a wind-harp swinging in an abbey door.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
British Dictionary definitions for soft-spoken

soft-spoken

adjective
1.
speaking or said with a soft gentle voice
2.
able to persuade or impress by glibness of tongue
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Word Origin and History for soft-spoken
adj.

c.1600, from soft (adj.) + spoken.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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