from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Candid in expression; outspoken.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Given to freedom of speech; accustomed to speak without hesitancy or reserve.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Accustomed to speak without reserve; willing to speak out without subtlety.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion


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  • On one occasion, my right honourable mother, who was a free-spoken lady, found the language of her own rank quite inadequate to express the strength of her generous feelings, and borrowing from the vulgar two emphatic words, applied them to Marie de Martigny, and her son Francis Tyrrel.

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  • Many were spunky and free-spoken delegates to the 1996 founding convention who co-mingled with representatives of the more electoral-leaning founding unions – ILWU (west coast) and United Electrical Workers.

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  • There are classical comedies in verse, too, wherein the knavish valets, rakish heroes, stolid old guardians, and smart, free-spoken serving-women, discourse in Alexandrines, as loud as the Horaces or the Cid.

    The Paris Sketch Book

  • When Huxter commenced his attack, that free-spoken young gentleman had not seen who was his opponent; and directly he was aware that it was Arthur whom he had insulted, he began to make apologies.

    The History of Pendennis

  • The Opposition is very free-spoken, as are most of us in this country, on the conduct of the German Nazi Government.

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  • He was a very free-spoken man (the gentry of those days were much prouder than at present), and used to say to me in his haughty easy way,

    The Memoires of Barry Lyndon

  • Dana has the most established religion, more sentiment, more reverence, more of England; whilst Mr. Percival is an upright, soldierly, free-spoken man, very much of a patriot, hates cant, and does his best.

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  • He was always free-spoken in his cups; and, to say the truth, he was in his cups many more times in a week than his doctors allowed.

    The Memoires of Barry Lyndon

  • It had as yet been an only present, and in thanking him for it, which she had done with full, free-spoken words of love, she had begged him to send her no other, so that that might ever be to her, — to her dying day, — the one precious thing that had been given to her by her lover while she was yet a girl.

    The Way We Live Now

  • The Opposition is very free-spoken, as are most of us in this country, on the conduct of the German Nazi Government.

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