uttered or expressed with frankness or without reserve: outspoken criticism.
free or unreserved in speech.


past participle of outspeak.

Nearby words

  1. outsource,
  2. outspan,
  3. outspeak,
  4. outspend,
  5. outspent,
  6. outspokenly,
  7. outspread,
  8. outsprint,
  9. outstand,
  10. outstanding

Origin of outspoken

First recorded in 1800–10; out- + spoken

Related formsout·spo·ken·ly, adverbout·spo·ken·ness, nounun·out·spo·ken, adjective



verb (used with object), out·spoke, out·spo·ken, out·speak·ing.

to outdo or excel in speaking.
to utter frankly or boldly: to outspeak one's grievances.

verb (used without object), out·spoke, out·spo·ken, out·speak·ing.

to speak out: to outspeak in defense of one's beliefs.

Origin of outspeak

First recorded in 1595–1605; out- + speak

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British Dictionary definitions for outspoken



candid or bold in speech
said or expressed with candour or boldness
Derived Formsoutspokenness, noun

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Word Origin and History for outspoken



"given to speaking freely," 1808, originally Scottish, from out (adv.) + spoken. "The pa. pple. has here a resultant force, as in 'well spoken', 'well read'." [OED]. Related: Outspokenly; outspokenness.

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