outspoken (adj.) "given to speaking freely," 1808, originally Scottish, from OUT (Cf. out) + past tense of SPEAK (Cf. speak) (q.v.).

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  • Outspoken — Out*spo ken, a. Speaking, or spoken, freely, openly, candidly, or boldly; as, an outspoken man; an outspoken rebuke. {Out*spo ken*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • outspoken — index brazen, candid, clear (apparent), direct (forthright), explicit, express, honest …   Law dictionary

  • outspoken — [adj] explicit, unreserved abrupt, artless, blunt, calling spade a spade*, candid, direct, forthright, frank, free, laying it on the line*, open, plain, plain spoken, point blank*, round, square, straightforward, strident, talking turkey*,… …   New thesaurus

  • outspoken — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ frank in stating one s opinions. DERIVATIVES outspokenness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • outspoken — [out΄spō′kən, out′spō΄kən] adj. 1. unrestrained in speech; frank 2. spoken boldly or candidly SYN. FRANK1 outspokenly adv. outspokenness n …   English World dictionary

  • outspoken — adj. outspoken in (outspoken in their opposition to new taxes) * * * [aʊt spəʊkən] outspoken in (outspoken in their opposition to new taxes) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • outspoken — [[t]a͟ʊtspo͟ʊkən[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is outspoken gives their opinions about things openly and honestly, even if they are likely to shock or offend people. Some church leaders have been outspoken in their support for political reform in… …   English dictionary

  • outspoken — /ˈaʊtspoʊkən / (say owtspohkuhn) adjective 1. uttered or expressed with frankness or lack of reserve: outspoken criticism. 2. free or unreserved in speech: outspoken people; *Gertrude was a Mosman woman, and, as time passed, an outspoken critic… …   Australian English dictionary

  • outspoken — adjective Date: circa 1808 1. direct and open in speech or expression ; frank < outspoken in his criticism Current Biography > 2. spoken or expressed without reserve < his outspoken advocacy of gun control > • outspokenly adverb • outspokenness …   New Collegiate Dictionary