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

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

Examples of plainspoken in a Sentence

a plainspoken woman who never hesitated to speak the unvarnished truth
Recent Examples on the Web All these decades later, Elder still thinks that what society needs more of than government is the plainspoken wisdom of his parents. Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2021 In 2019, the 30th anniversary of the hit, Markie told Entertainment Weekly that the plainspoken lyrics tell an age-old story rooted in reality. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 17 July 2021 With pew-style booths near the bar and wraparound meetinghouse benches in the dining room, the restaurant captures the plainspoken rigor of Shaker craft and, by extension, American ingenuity. Adrianna Glaviano, WSJ, 25 May 2021 In what may be the dowdiest, most plainspoken role of a mercurial career, Toni Collette plays Jan Vokes, a small-town Welsh grocery clerk who corralled 22 of her fellow villagers into buying a brood mare and raising a prize-winning racehorse., 19 May 2021 In dozens of television appearances that range from late nights to weekends, Slavitt has used his plainspoken manner to make the case for the vaccine while arguing those with doubts need answers, not rebukes. Jeremy Diamond, CNN, 29 Apr. 2021 The plainspoken and unconventional Fetterman cuts a more progressive figure than Lamb. Marc Levy, Star Tribune, 15 Mar. 2021 Her relationship with Doo is at the heart of everything, and the plainspoken country star doesn’t hesitate to reveal the ups and downs, joys and frustrations, successes and failures. Mary Colurso |, al, 14 Feb. 2021 His fans included Tom Wolfe, Roy Blount Jr. and Larry McMurtry, and he was often compared to Mark Twain for his plainspoken humor and wry perspective. Dallas News, 18 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of plainspoken

1678, in the meaning defined above

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“Plainspoken.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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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