[shawrt-spoh-kuh n]


speaking in a short, brief, or curt manner.

Origin of short-spoken

First recorded in 1860–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for short-spoken

Historical Examples of short-spoken

  • He is a decent, bluff, short-spoken old chap, with his heart in his work.

    Max Carrados

    Ernest Bramah

  • I was trying to move the sofa at the moment and I was inclined to be short-spoken.

  • One may be naturally cold, short-spoken and stern, the other suave and gentle, yet both be equally good leaders.


    Lincoln Clarke Andrews

  • The next day he was as short-spoken as Bat Truxton had been the day before Hapgood had tempted him, as irritable.

    Under Handicap

    Jackson Gregory

British Dictionary definitions for short-spoken



tending to be abrupt in speech
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