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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Potential 2020 candidates are similarly outspoken on the immigration issue. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "Immigration is the new flash point in Democratic primaries," 25 June 2018 Gallego has been outspoken on Twitter regarding his opinions of Trump and the Republican Party on multiple occasions. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Huckabee criticized for 'bigotry' over tweet aimed at Dems showing Latino MS-13 gang members," 23 June 2018 Both are frequent critics of President Donald Trump and have been outspoken on other immigration issues. Washington Post, "Democratic attorneys general urge end to border separations," 19 June 2018 Liverpool fans have been outspoken on social media regarding their desire to see Colombian midfielder James Rodriquez join the Reds this summer. SI.com, "Liverpool Fans Call on Club to Splash the Cash on Bayern Star After Nabil Fekir Deal Falls Through," 11 June 2018 Peter Thiel has been outspoken on Trump and other political matters. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Founders Fund Partner Talks Privacy, Facebook, and His Time at Peter Thiel’s Secretive Data Company," 6 June 2018 Flesch remains a fan of UK as well as the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals, and has been outspoken on Twitter - including earlier this week - about how poorly both have performed. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Steve Flesch earns first PGA Tour Champions win," 15 Apr. 2018 Years before The Bold Type star Meghann Fahy began playing the outspoken, stylish Sutton Brady of Scarlet magazine, the then 19-year-old Meghann was getting her onscreen start on a little show called Gossip Girl. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, ""The Bold Type" Star Meghann Fahy on Her "Terrifying" First TV Gig on "Gossip Girl"," 9 Apr. 2019 Chrissy, who's normally very outspoken about everything going on in her life, was quieter about the dinner's special guest. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Low-Key Had Dinner with President Obama, Apparently," 20 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of outspoken

circa 1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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