[smooth-spoh-kuh n]


speaking or spoken easily and softly.

Origin of smooth-spoken

First recorded in 1815–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for smooth-spoken

Historical Examples of smooth-spoken

  • The most dangerous man was apt to be quiet and smooth-spoken.

  • Damn the insolent, smooth-spoken knave of hearts, and confound the women!

    Prisoners of Hope

    Mary Johnston

  • Among them was the smooth-spoken corregidor, now woefully crestfallen.

    Antony Waymouth

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • He was not a smooth-spoken fellow, but he did not wish to offend Lord Medenham.

  • He watched the newspapers, too—but no longer was he to be taken in by smooth-spoken agents.

    The Jungle

    Upton Sinclair

British Dictionary definitions for smooth-spoken



speaking or spoken in a gently persuasive or competent manner
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