[ out-spoh-kuhn ]
/ ˈaʊtˈspoʊ kən /


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 forms

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

Definition for outspoken (2 of 2)


[ out-speek ]
/ ˌaʊtˈspik /

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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/ (ˌaʊtˈspəʊkən) /


candid or bold in speech
said or expressed with candour or boldness

Derived Forms

outspokenness, noun
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