well-spoken

adjective
well-spo·​ken | \ ˈwel-ˈspō-kən How to pronounce well-spoken (audio) \

Definition of well-spoken

1 : speaking well, fitly, or courteously a well-spoken young woman
2 : spoken with propriety well-spoken words

Synonyms & Antonyms for well-spoken

Synonyms

Antonyms

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

First Known Use of well-spoken

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About well-spoken

Time Traveler for well-spoken

Time Traveler

The first known use of well-spoken was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near well-spoken

well spent

well-spoken

wellspring

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for well-spoken

Cite this Entry

“Well-spoken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/well-spoken. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on well-spoken

Nglish: Translation of well-spoken for Spanish Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
True or False

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

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

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!