out·​spo·​ken | \ ˌau̇t-ˈspō-kən How to pronounce outspoken (audio) \

Definition of outspoken

1 : direct and open in speech or expression : frank outspoken in his criticismCurrent Biography
2 : spoken or expressed without reserve his outspoken advocacy of gun control

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Other Words from outspoken

outspokenly adverb
outspokenness \ ˌau̇t-​ˈspō-​kən-​nəs How to pronounce outspokenness (audio) \ noun

Examples of outspoken in a Sentence

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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Recent Examples on the Web Swift has also been increasingly outspoken about her social and political beliefs. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Taylor Swift endorses Joe Biden for president with custom campaign cookies," 7 Oct. 2020 Stange’s family owned a chain of grocery and convenience stores, and kept quiet about politics—being outspoken would have been bad for business. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, "The New Republicans of Pennsylvania," 25 Sep. 2020 Hendrix himself wasn't as politically outspoken as many of his music peers, and some of his views would be considered conservative by today's standards. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "50 years after Jimi Hendrix's death, his shocking 'Star-Spangled Banner' resonates more than ever," 18 Sep. 2020 Turrentine isn’t as outspoken as many of his fellow 2021 commits. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Ohio State football commit Andre Turrentine continues to stay poised even in a weird recruiting cycle: Buckeyes Recruiting Roundup," 3 Sep. 2020 Pro athletes were increasingly outspoken after Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer in May. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Sociologist Harry Edwards: Pro athletes might refuse to play games in Wisconsin," 27 Aug. 2020 In the past year, Jordan, to his credit, has been more outspoken. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Robert Gehrke: Utah needs Donovan Mitchell’s voice on racial violence more than 50 points in a game," 26 Aug. 2020 No owner has been more outspoken publicly about the need for players and coaches to stand for the national anthem. David Moore, Dallas News, "Jason Garrett finally said goodbye to the Cowboys. Now, Jerry Jones should talk about their future.," 12 Aug. 2020 Jenny's mom, Maria Ulacia, who is usually very outspoken about her daughter's actions, has gone private on both Instagram and TikTok and hasn't commented on The Blok. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Jenny Popach is Starting Her Own Content House Called the Blok LA," 13 July 2020

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First Known Use of outspoken

circa 1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of outspoken

: talking in a free and honest way about your opinions


out·​spo·​ken | \ au̇t-ˈspō-kən How to pronounce outspoken (audio) \

Kids Definition of outspoken

: talking in a free and honest way : blunt an outspoken critic

Other Words from outspoken

outspokenly adverb
outspokenness noun

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