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 Marissa Edmunds was outspoken, a lover of anything Batman, someone who loved poetry and painting, and someone who could be turned to for an honest answer, Amanda Edmunds said. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "Slain woman’s family alarmed by murder defendant’s release to tether," 9 May 2020 As many rushed to point out, Reed was always outspoken, and often quite angry. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Surprise! The Internet has thoughts about Adele’s new body," 6 May 2020 After all Bill Gates, shed of his corporate responsibilities at Microsoft, is increasingly outspoken about fighting all manner of health crises. Peter Grier, The Christian Science Monitor, "How coronavirus will change the US, from where we live to the way we connect," 28 Apr. 2020 Of course, Demi has been very outspoken about her struggles growing up in the business. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Demi Lovato Reveals She Was “Miserable” While Filming “Sonny With a Chance”," 27 Apr. 2020 Hank Steinbrenner had the personality of his father, brash and outspoken, unafraid to speak his mind regardless of potential consequences. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Hank Steinbrenner, Yankees Co-Owner, Dies at 63," 14 Apr. 2020 Hodgins was authentic and outspoken, particularly about being so close to realizing his NFL dream. oregonlive, "Oregon State WR Isaiah Hodgins swats criticism and waits for NFL Draft," 13 Apr. 2020 The chief is known for being politically outspoken, particularly in the areas of gun regulations and immigration policies. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Houston PD Chief Acevedo chastises Bernie Sanders defense of comments on Fidel Castro," 24 Feb. 2020 The most outspoken of the daughters, Jo, wants to become a writer, but instead marries a potato bug who encourages her to put an end to her silly ambitions. Jay Martel, The New Yorker, "Once Before a Time: A Roundup of Upcoming Prequels," 8 Feb. 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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Cite this Entry

“Outspoken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outspoken. Accessed 27 May. 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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