- speaking well, fittingly, or pleasingly: The new chairwoman was very well-spoken.
- polite in speech: a well-spoken gentleman.
- spoken in an apt, fitting, or pleasing manner: a few well-spoken words on civic pride.
Origin of well-spoken
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Examples from the Web for well-spoken
But there are increasingly more who are well-spoken, educated, and just a little naughty.Porn Stars Are People Too, Dammit: Lisa Ann’s Notre Dame Date and the Trolling of David Gregory
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A Yale-educated lawyer, Rhodes is well-spoken and as passionate about his cause as he is calm.Oath Keepers: Bring On the Collapse!
October 15, 2013
Pence is well-spoken, thanks to a radio show background and to his solid, principled beliefs which make it easy for him to speak.Sarah Palin's Newest Rival
October 27, 2010
It was packed with neatly combed, mostly blond, well-spoken Hope College students.Milk Screenwriter Battles a Gay-Bashing College
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December 20, 2009
He was young, well-spoken, witty, and skilled in all martial and manly exercises.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
I suppose my words were not particularly gracious or well-spoken.The Blue Germ
That letter was a kind-hearted, honest, well-spoken citizen.Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Vol. I (of 2)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The convict was always a well-spoken man, and plainly a man of education.Motor Matt's Daring Rescue
Stanley R. Matthews
He is brave as a knight; well-spoken as a clerk; and yet is he neither clerk nor knight.The Iron Pincers
- having a clear, articulate, and socially acceptable accent and way of speaking
- spoken satisfactorily or pleasingly
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