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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web In late 2022, Mr. Trump hosted Mr. West at dinner at Mar-a-Lago along with Nick Fuentes, the white nationalist leader and outspoken Holocaust denier. Alex Lemonides, New York Times, 9 May 2024 In the months since the Israel-Hamas war began, the Pennsylvania Democrat has become one of his party’s most outspoken supporters of Israel and an island apart from his peers. Bruce Siwy, USA TODAY, 8 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for outspoken 

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Word History

First Known Use

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 22 May. 2024.

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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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