[fair-spoh-kuh n]


speaking or spoken in a courteous, civil, or plausible manner; smooth-spoken.

Origin of fair-spoken

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75
Related formsfair-spo·ken·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for fair-spoken

Historical Examples of fair-spoken

  • Listen to me, and I will tell you what three weeks ago this fair-spoken and sweet-smiling cavalier did.

  • Hector Brady, like his son, was a fair-spoken villain, but none the less dangerous for all that.

    Motor Matt's Hard Luck

    Stanley R. Matthews

  • The fair-spoken countess made use of strange and subtle theories.

    File No. 113

    Emile Gaboriau

  • A great deal depends on the answer—a good-looking and fair-spoken person may travel far and suffer no hunger in the land.

  • He was a scholar, and a ripe and good one; exceeding wise, fair-spoken, and persuading.

    Putnam's Phrase Book

    Edwin Hamlin Carr

British Dictionary definitions for fair-spoken



civil, courteous, or elegant in speech
Derived Formsfair-spokenness, noun
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