[ fair-spoh-kuhn ]
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  1. 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

Other words from fair-spoken

  • fair-spo·ken·ness, noun

Words Nearby fair-spoken

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How to use fair-spoken in a sentence

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

    File No. 113 | Emile Gaboriau
  • Some thought it was easier counting with the auld rough knight than the fair-spoken young ane—but mair of that anon.

    Red Gauntlet | Sir Walter Scott
  • Cunning, fair-spoken oppressor of the poor, has not thy sin found thee out?

    Twenty-Five Village Sermons | Charles Kingsley
  • "He's a fair-spoken man, Edmonson; I kind of think he'll square it up, after all," he said hopefully.

    The Wizard's Daughter and Other Stories | Margaret Collier Graham
  • “He seems an honestly fair spoken gentleman,” said one of the young Greeks to his father.

British Dictionary definitions for fair-spoken


  1. civil, courteous, or elegant in speech

Derived forms of fair-spoken

  • fair-spokenness, noun

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