out·​spo·​ken ˌau̇t-ˈspō-kən How to pronounce outspoken (audio)
: direct and open in speech or expression : frank
outspoken in his criticismCurrent Biography
: spoken or expressed without reserve
his outspoken advocacy of gun control
outspokenly adverb
outspokenness noun

Example Sentences

She has been an outspoken advocate of women's rights throughout her life. an outspoken and controversial radio host She's very outspoken about political issues.
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of outspoken was circa 1808

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“Outspoken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outspoken. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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out·​spo·​ken au̇t-ˈspō-kən How to pronounce outspoken (audio)
: direct and open in speech or expression : frank
outspokenness noun

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