plain-spoken


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plain-spoken

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plainspoken

adj
candid; frank; blunt

plain′-spo′ken



adj.
candid; frank; blunt.
[1670–80]
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plain-spoken

adjective blunt, direct, frank, straightforward, open, explicit, outright, outspoken, downright, candid, forthright, upfront (informal), unequivocal a plain-spoken man full of scorn for pomp and pretense
guarded, diplomatic, subtle, thoughtful, discreet, indirect, evasive, reticent, tactful
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plain-spoken

[ˈpleɪnˈspəʊkən] ADJfranco, llano

plain-spoken

[ˌpleɪnˈspəʊkn] adj (person) → franco/a, schietto/a; (criticism) → senza mezze parole

plain

(plein) adjective
1. simple or ordinary; without ornament or decoration. plain living; good, plain food.
2. easy to understand; clear. His words were quite plain.
3. absolutely open or honest, with no attempt to be tactful. I'll be quite plain with you; plain speaking.
4. obvious. It's plain (to see) you haven't been practising your music.
5. not pretty. a rather plain girl.
noun
1. a large flat level piece of land. the plains of central Canada.
2. a kind of knitting stitch.
ˈplainly adverb
ˈplainness noun
plain chocolate
dark chocolate not containing milk.
plain clothes ordinary clothes, not a uniform: Detectives usually wear plain clothes; adjective (etc)
a plain-clothes job.
plain sailing
progress without difficulty.
ˌplain-ˈspoken adjective
speaking honestly and candidly, not trying to be tactful. She is a very plain-spoken person who always says what she means.
in plain English
in simple words; clearly expressed. Would you mind explaining it in plain English?
References in classic literature ?
Yet the Italians are rather plain-spoken, and they recognize facts which our company manners at least do not admit the existence of.
What that mental attitude was capable of, in the way of an elegant, yet plain-spoken, and life-like delineation of men's moods and manners, as also in the way of determining those moods and manners themselves to all that was lively, unaffected, and harmonious, can be seen nowhere better than in Mr.
'But, my dear, I call that doting,' said my plain-spoken parent.
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With that, the plain-spoken admiral indicated the USPACOM has supported extensive security cooperation activities with Taiwan, with the aim of improving the country's self-defense capabilities.
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