plain·​spo·​ken ˈplān-ˈspō-kən How to pronounce plainspoken (audio)
plainspokenness noun

Example Sentences

a plainspoken woman who never hesitated to speak the unvarnished truth
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Word History

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plainspoken was in 1678

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“Plainspoken.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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plain·​spo·​ken -ˈspō-kən How to pronounce plainspoken (audio)
: speaking or spoken frankly
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