- Characterized by direct and open expression of views, feelings, etc.
1844, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 13, in Barry Lyndon:
- He was a very free-spoken man (the gentry of those days were much prouder than at present), and used to say to me in his haughty easy way, "Hang it, Mr. Barry, you have no more manners than a barber."
1915, Joseph Conrad, chapter 8, in Victory: An Island Tale:
- You can imagine what fairly free-spoken girls will ask when they come to the point of not caring what they say.
- 1998, Roland Huntford, Nansen: The Explorer as Hero, ch. 1 (at nytimes.com):
- She had views of her own and was free-spoken to a fault.
- 2009 Nov. 9, Gerald Warner, "Funeral in Berlin—of freedom," The Telegraph (retrieved 5 June 2014):
- Look at 21st-century Britons, tongue-tied in conversation, groping for some PC euphemism (“If I’m allowed to say that…”) in what was once the most iconically free-spoken country on earth.
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