[sawft-spoh-kuh n, soft-]


(of persons) speaking with a soft or gentle voice; mild.
(of words) softly or mildly spoken; persuasive.

Origin of soft-spoken

First recorded in 1600–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for soft-spoken

gentle, reserved, low, mild, muffled, peaceful, silent, soft, still, low-pitched

Examples from the Web for soft-spoken

Contemporary Examples of soft-spoken

Historical Examples of soft-spoken

  • I don't wonder that girl is such a meek, soft-spoken kind of thing.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I leave the sneaking off to them soft-spoken chaps you're thinking of.

    One Day More

    Joseph Conrad

  • She acknowledged too some fear of this quiet, soft-spoken frontiersman.

    Brand Blotters

    William MacLeod Raine

  • These soft-spoken guys are the kind I lay off, believe you me!

    The Pagan Madonna

    Harold MacGrath

  • She is as soft-spoken as a wind-harp swinging in an abbey door.

    The Prairie Child

    Arthur Stringer

British Dictionary definitions for soft-spoken



speaking or said with a soft gentle voice
able to persuade or impress by glibness of tongue
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for soft-spoken

c.1600, from soft (adj.) + spoken.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper