soft-spoken

[ sawft-spoh-kuh n, soft- ]
/ ˈsɔftˈspoʊ kən, ˈsɒft- /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. soft-shelled,
  2. soft-shelled turtle,
  3. soft-shoe,
  4. soft-soap,
  5. soft-soaper,
  6. soft-top,
  7. softa,
  8. softback,
  9. softball,
  10. softballer

Origin of soft-spoken

First recorded in 1600–10

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British Dictionary definitions for soft-spoken

soft-spoken

adjective

speaking or said with a soft gentle voice
able to persuade or impress by glibness of tongue
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Word Origin and History for soft-spoken

soft-spoken

adj.

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

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