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[sawft-spoh-kuh n, soft-] /ˈsɔftˈspoʊ kən, ˈsɒft-/
(of persons) speaking with a soft or gentle voice; mild.
(of words) softly or mildly spoken; persuasive.
Origin of soft-spoken
First recorded in 1600-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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
  • But it came alive again with a tumultuous bound at the words of the soft-spoken reply.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • He looked gentle, good-natured; he was soft-spoken; he gave an impression of kindness.

    The Border Legion Zane Grey
  • The boys had been bringing up the rear of the little procession and the others had not heard the soft-spoken exchange.

    The Blue Ghost Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for soft-spoken


speaking or said with a soft gentle voice
able to persuade or impress by glibness of tongue
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for soft-spoken

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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