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.

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  • 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

    First footsteps in East Africa

  • 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.

    Temple of the Winds

  • "If I must choose one or the other, I prefer a rough-spoken soldier to a smooth-spoken courtier."

    Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles

  • He was always a villain, smooth-spoken and plausible, but a dangerous, subtle villain all the same.

    Beyond the City

  • 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.

    Choice Specimens of American Literature, and Literary Reader Being Selections from the Chief American Writers

  • 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.

    Australian Writers

  • 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. '

    The Continental Monthly , Vol. 2 No. 5, November 1862 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • 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.

    In Clive's Command A Story of the Fight for India


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