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


past participle of outspeak.

Origin of outspoken

First recorded in 1800–10; out- + spoken
Related formsout·spo·ken·ly, adverbout·spo·ken·ness, nounun·out·spo·ken, adjective

Synonyms for outspoken

1. See frank1.

Antonyms for outspoken



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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Examples from the Web for outspoken

Contemporary Examples of outspoken

Historical Examples of outspoken

  • He had not been outspoken, it is true, and herein lay one of the dangers.

  • Had the outspoken Lady Pen said anything about her hair, she wondered.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • When Mary read this portion of the letter to her Uncle Shadrach his scorn was outspoken.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I had to be a little—just a little—you see—you know, outspoken, or—you know what I mean.

  • Father Ryan is candid, truthful, and outspoken, and commands respect.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

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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