[ruhf-spoh-kuh n]


coarse or vulgar in speech.

Origin of rough-spoken

First recorded in 1625–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rough-spoken

Historical Examples of rough-spoken

  • Those dreadful, rough-spoken men, who had come to arrest Dick, would soon be arriving to take her away.

    The Scarlet Feather

    Houghton Townley

  • One and all they were hard-boiled, used to the open, rough-spoken, and indifferent to Cheyenne's presence.

    Partners of Chance

    Henry Herbert Knibbs

  • Then Clemantiny went back into the kitchen and cried—good, rough-spoken, tender-hearted Clemantiny sat down and cried.

  • Tenderly those rough handed, rough-spoken men raised the death-frozen little ones.

    Yorksher Puddin'

    John Hartley

  • He was a boisterous, rough-spoken mortal, but his heart was big, and set in the right place.

    Raw Gold

    Bertrand W. Sinclair

British Dictionary definitions for rough-spoken



rude or uncouth in speech; blunt
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