from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Speaking smoothly; plausible; flattering; smooth-tongued.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Speaking smoothly or pleasantly; plausibly; insinuating.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
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“Now, a plague upon all smooth-spoken hosts!” said Wayland, unable longer to suppress his mortification and uneasiness.
The smooth-spoken fellows seldom betray emotion except when cloth or tobacco is concerned; “dissimulation is as natural to them as breathing,” and I have called one of their chiefs
After people had been disarmed by his likable smile, bright brown eyes, and smooth-spoken flattery, he would extract concessions before they realized they had parted with them.
"If I must choose one or the other, I prefer a rough-spoken soldier to a smooth-spoken courtier."
He was always a villain, smooth-spoken and plausible, but a dangerous, subtle villain all the same.
This roughshod caller with his smooth-spoken propositions must have given Washington pause, for he asked the opinion of Dr. James Craik, who began an investigation of the man.
A tight, trig, bustling body she, black and polished as ebony, smooth-spoken and respectful, and quite a favorite with everybody.
The man who has taken part in the artificialities of a London season, or has been a spectator of its petty rivalries, returns joyfully to a simpler life; the woman who is prone to deify the smooth-spoken Englishman, learns through him to value the more homely virtues of colonial manhood.
Not that this is as great a defect as the lack of the word _compliment_ would be in these smooth-spoken times, but still the want is felt, and the feeling is shown by such awkward expedients as the expression 'a left-handed compliment. '
Bitterly did he now regret having cast in his lot with the smooth-spoken stranger who had been so sympathetic with him in his troubles at home.
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