free-spoken

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj free-spoken characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion "blunt talking and straight shooting","a blunt New England farmer","I gave them my candid opinion","forthright criticism","a forthright approach to the problem","tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank","it is possible to be outspoken without being rude","plainspoken and to the point","a point-blank accusation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Free-spoken Accustomed to speak without reserve; willing to speak out without subtlety.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • free-spoken Given to freedom of speech; accustomed to speak without hesitancy or reserve.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Free-spoken accustomed to speak without reserve
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. freo; Ger. frei, Ice. frí.

Usage

In literature:

Maria remained devoted and free spoken, though absolutely respectful.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
Kit Woodford may have spoken with confidence, but he was not as free from misgivings as he would have it appear.
"The Launch Boys' Adventures in Northern Waters" by Edward S. Ellis
Sally Ann was terrible free-spoken.
"Aunt Jane of Kentucky" by Eliza Calvert Hall
But she must be left free; no word must be spoken until she was old enough to choose.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
She was always a very affable and free-spoken young lady, and very civil behaved.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
But while no word can be spoken in favor, every campaign orator, as in 1867, is free to speak in opposition.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
So she might have spoken had she been free or affianced to me.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
She had spoken of his free step.
"Dickens' Stories About Children Every Child Can Read" by Charles Dickens
He could not free himself from the feeling that he was being watched, being spoken of.
"Klytia" by George Taylor
Nature had made him frank and free-spoken, and the circumstances of his early life had encouraged the habit.
"Roland Cashel Volume I (of II)" by Charles James Lever
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In poetry:

The chain, thank God! the chain is broken,
Its severed links may do us harm;
But the Grand Fiat has been spoken,
And free forever is the arm.
"Admonition" by James Madison Bell
Some lever that a casket's hinge has broken
Pries off a bolt, and lo! our souls are free;
Each year some Open Sesame is spoken,
And every decade drops its master-key.
"The Angel-Thief" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Say shall the sound of their war-chant ringing,
And our answering chorus re-echoing free,
From the strong dark North to the South sweet-spoken,
Wake, from her dreaming, Gramachree!
"A New Year’s Song (1898)" by Anna Johnston MacManus
You'll find us a well-meaning, free-spoken crowd,
Good-natured enough, but a little too loud,--
To be sure, there is always a bit of a row
When we choose our Tycoon, and especially now.
"At The Banquet To the Japanese Embassy" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
But Percivale stood near him and replied,
`Am I but false as Guinevere is pure?
Or art thou mazed with dreams? or being one
Of our free-spoken Table hast not heard
That Lancelot'—there he checked himself and paused.
"Pelleas And Ettarre" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Hah! say ye that I've falsely spoken,
Calling you slaves?—Then prove ye're not;
Work a free press!—ye'll see it broken;
Stand to defend it!—ye'll be shot.—
O yes! but people should not dare
Print what "the brotherhood" won't bear!
"The Tocsin" by John Pierpont

In news:

Marvin Miller, the soft-spoken union head who led baseball players in a series of strikes and legal battles that won free agency, revolutionized sports and made athletes multimillionaires, died Tuesday.
Civil rights activists, free speech advocates, lawyers and politicians have spoken out in recent days against India's controversial Internet laws.
Marvin Miller, the soft-spoken union head who led baseball players in a series of strikes and legal battles that won free agency , revolutionized sports and made athletes multimillionaires, died Tuesday.
The Spoken Word series provides an opportunity for Arts Center audiences to hear free lectures and presentations on topics ranging from ghost hunting and history to storytelling and outdoor adventures.
Free form style with doses of rock, techno, R&B, punk, soul, metal, standards, soundtracks, indie, spoken word, and things that haven't been invented yet.
A source confirmed to The Post on Monday that the Marlins have spoken to the free-agent shortstop with the idea of making him the centerpiece of the team's upgrades before opening a new ballpark in downtown Miami in 2012.
Join Umoja, Free Spirit Media and Young Chicago Authors to celebrate the life and contributions of teacher, mentor and spoken word advocate Joe Cytrynbaum.
" Spoken Word" offers a judgment-free environment to share your talents and welcomes all talents that pertain to the word.
" Spoken Word " offers a judgment-free environment to share your talents and welcomes all talents that pertain to the word.
Free Ya Mind with spoken word .
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In science:

Toward a spoken language translator for restricted-domain context-free languages.
Some Bibliographical References on Intonation and Intonational Meaning
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