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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wel spoh-kuh n]
    • /wɛl ˈspoʊ kən/
    • /wel ˈspəʊkən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wel spoh-kuh n]
    • /wɛl ˈspoʊ kən/

Definitions of well-spoken word

  • adjective well-spoken speaking well, fittingly, or pleasingly: The new chairwoman was very well-spoken. 1
  • adjective well-spoken polite in speech: a well-spoken gentleman. 1
  • adjective well-spoken spoken in an apt, fitting, or pleasing manner: a few well-spoken words on civic pride. 1
  • adjective well-spoken speaking clearly and articulately 1
  • adjective well-spoken A well-spoken person speaks in a polite correct way and with an accent which is considered socially acceptable. 0
  • adjective well-spoken having a clear, articulate, and socially acceptable accent and way of speaking 0

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Origin of well-spoken

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50

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Parts of speech for Well-spoken


well-spoken popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 37% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 59% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for well-spoken

adj well-spoken

  • courteous — Someone who is courteous is polite and respectful to other people.

adjective well-spoken

  • articulate — If you describe someone as articulate, you mean that they are able to express their thoughts and ideas easily and well.
  • clearly — in a clear, distinct, or obvious manner
  • facund — (archaic) eloquent, articulate.
  • lucid — easily understood; completely intelligible or comprehensible: a lucid explanation.

Antonyms for well-spoken

adjective well-spoken

  • misrepresented — Simple past tense and past participle of misrepresent.

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