- coarse or vulgar in speech.
Origin of rough-spoken
First recorded in 1625–35
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Examples from the Web for rough-spoken
Those dreadful, rough-spoken men, who had come to arrest Dick, would soon be arriving to take her away.The Scarlet Feather
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.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Tenderly those rough handed, rough-spoken men raised the death-frozen little ones.Yorksher Puddin'
He was a boisterous, rough-spoken mortal, but his heart was big, and set in the right place.Raw Gold
Bertrand W. Sinclair
- rude or uncouth in speech; blunt
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