[ sawft-spoh-kuhn, soft- ]
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  1. (of persons) speaking with a soft or gentle voice; mild.

  2. (of words) softly or mildly spoken; persuasive.

Origin of soft-spoken

First recorded in 1600–10

Words Nearby soft-spoken Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use soft-spoken in a sentence

  • Gentle as he was and soft-spoken, there was a manly spirit in him, and that always commands respect among boys.

    Boyhood in Norway | Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
  • I had feared that in gaining our debonair young man-at-arms we had lost our soft-spoken clerk.

    The White Company | Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Patseys awful good to us, but he aint fine like an soft spoken.

    In Wild Rose Time | Amanda M. Douglas
  • soft-spoken and polite, crafty and suspicious, he was pacific by temperament and therefore allowed politics to slumber.

  • He had dropped back into his old soft-spoken manner, and Tresler felt like hating him for the vileness of the nature he displayed.

    The Night Riders | Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for soft-spoken


  1. speaking or said with a soft gentle voice

  2. able to persuade or impress by glibness of tongue

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