rough-spoken

adjective

Definition of rough-spoken

: rough or crude in speech a rough-spoken old sailor

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of rough-spoken

1633, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rough-spoken

rough entry 3 + spoken

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about rough-spoken

Time Traveler for rough-spoken

Time Traveler

The first known use of rough-spoken was in 1633

See more words from the same year

Statistics for rough-spoken

Cite this Entry

“Rough-spoken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rough-spoken. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

Comments on rough-spoken

What made you want to look up rough-spoken? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!