Definition of spoken
1 : delivered by word of mouth : oral
2 : characterized by speaking in (such) a manner —used in combination soft-spoken plainspoken
Examples of spoken in a Sentence
a spoken agreement is too easily broken
a politician who knows the power of the spoken word
Recent Examples of spoken from the Web
Their movements are set to a soundtrack of original spoken word.
On Sunday, O'Malley, a soft-spoken but politically vocal former kindergarten teacher with a graying ponytail, stood in a wide-brimmed hat and Xtratufs with a small group in a clearing on the cemetery land, swatting flies and mosquitoes.
Ivanka’s soft-spoken dishonesty is less salacious than her father’s and brother’s.
Tippett, a soft-spoken teen, wasn’t always this confident.
His advisers knew that, in order to win, the soft-spoken peace negotiator needed to appeal to all of Fatah, not just the bureaucratic elite.
Activists have also been alarmed by Liu Xia's gradual descent into depression after the soft-spoken poet and artist was forcibly sequestered by state security at home during her husband's imprisonment.
The show, broadcast nationally since last year, features a soft-spoken host interviewing a rotating cast of academics, historians and religious scholars.
The creative impulse that began in childhood still has a hold of this soft-spoken 94-year-old.
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Origin and Etymology of spoken
past participle of speak
First Known Use: 1560See Words from the same year
SPOKEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of spoken for English Language Learners
: using speech and not writing
: speaking in a specified manner
SPOKEN Defined for Kids
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