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

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plainspokenness \ ˈplān-​ˈspō-​kən-​nəs How to pronounce plainspokenness (audio) \ noun

Examples of plainspoken in a Sentence

a plainspoken woman who never hesitated to speak the unvarnished truth

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It was parked on a lot owned by Ted Moser, a plainspoken man who outfits vehicles for films and TV shows. Daniel Miller,, "Man and myth: Uncovering the legend of Big Willie Robinson," 9 July 2019 There will be a lot of plainspoken high-octane humble artistry at the service of songs and emotion during this installment of Nelson’s ever-evolving festival. John Adamian,, "Willie Nelson to helm Outlaw Music Festival, with Alison Krauss and Phil Lesh, at Xfinity," 7 June 2019 Its private villas, the core of Studio KO’s architectural practice, offer eloquent but plainspoken dialogues with their remote, sometimes forbidding settings. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "A Moroccan Retreat With a French Minimalist Spin," 13 Aug. 2018 Unlike many of the industry’s other plainspoken deflaters of hype and pseudoscience, Suennen is generally careful not to publicly call out specific companies or entrepreneurs. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "The gatekeeper: If you want to make it big in health care, it’ll help to get past Lisa Suennen first," 6 June 2018 And a goalie who is poetry on ice, even if his name and words are decidedly plainspoken. Ann Killion is a San Francisco Chronicle columnist. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Goalie Martin Jones nearly impenetrable in Sharks’ sweep," 18 Apr. 2018 This museum tells the complicated story of suffering with a plainspoken forthrightness that is especially poignant given the general restraint of Japanese culture. Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With Kusama Museum and art-filled islands, Japan is a paradise for art nerds," 27 Apr. 2018 The mix of stories often revolved around her plainspoken nature and frequent wisecracks, her devotion to a large extended family and her role as astute guardian and fixer who sought to preserve the family’s legacy. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Barbara Bush Remembered as Tough, Loving Matriarch," 21 Apr. 2018 One of just two first ladies to have a child elected president, Barbara Bush was widely admired for her plainspoken style and her advocacy for causes including literacy and AIDS awareness. Drew Broach,, "Steve Scalise released from hospital after planned surgery," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of plainspoken

1678, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of plainspoken

: expressing opinions, ideas, beliefs, etc., in a simple and honest way

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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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