from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Past participle of speak.
  • adj. Expressed orally; uttered: spoken words.
  • adj. Speaking or using speech in a specified manner or voice. Often used in combination: soft-spoken; plainspoken.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to speech
  • adj. Speaking in a specified way
  • v. Past participle of speak

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Uttered in speech; delivered by word of mouth; oral.
  • adj. Characterized by a certain manner or style in speaking; -- often in composition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Uttered; oral: opposed to written.
  • Speaking: in composition: as, a civil-spoken man.

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

  • adj. uttered through the medium of speech or characterized by speech; sometimes used in combination


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  • Caithe got her name spoken on ten thousand lips: the woman who fought with the frenzy of a whirlwind.

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  • How the word spoken aloud means both the beginning and the end.

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  • I hurried down to join her, and without another word spoken between us, we got into her car.

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  • I heard my name spoken with unswerving certainty by the venomous lips of an ex-stripper.

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  • The driver headed straight to Ataturk Airport, not a word spoken on the twenty-five-minute drive.

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  • He has seen what the yellow eye sees; he has prayed in the abandoned cathedral among the dry bones, kneeling in the ruins; he has heard his name spoken by the high wind, by the dry limbs strumming the sterile air.

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  • Simply to hear his name spoken by this stranger disturbs me.

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  • The sound of his name spoken by that voice… it brought back so many memories, feelings from so long ago.

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  • Another word returns from the deepest recesses of childhood: “Moscovite,” the word spoken by my parents with special contempt, in reference to those Hungarian Communists who returned to Budapest with the Red Army.

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