soft-spo·​ken ˈsȯf(t)-ˈspō-kən How to pronounce soft-spoken (audio)
: having a mild or gentle voice
also : suave

Examples of soft-spoken in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ryan was shy, sweet and soft-spoken, a perfect foil for the magnetic Trista. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 9 July 2024 Archbishop José Gomez, the soft-spoken, hard-line prelate. Shelby Grad, Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2024 Judging from Donald Trump's first surprisingly soft-spoken, low-key, easygoing answer, Trump ought to be tested for quaaludes. Washington Post Opinions Staff, Washington Post, 28 June 2024 Hurd, a more soft-spoken and less hard-line conservative, will face Adam Frisch, the Democratic candidate who lost to Boebert by only 546 votes in 2022. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports,, 26 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for soft-spoken 

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Word History

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of soft-spoken was in 1616

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“Soft-spoken.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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