Definition of outspoken in US English:



  • Frank in stating one's opinions, especially if they are critical or controversial.

    ‘he has been outspoken in his criticism’
    • ‘Such commentators have rarely been so outspoken about men who take golfing holidays or work away from home.’
    • ‘His outspoken views and caustic attitude were guaranteed to make enemies.’
    • ‘They still believe it, but they're not so outspoken and extreme in what they think.’
    • ‘The government, wary of being so outspoken, is nevertheless hurling brains and billions at the problem.’
    • ‘You don't have to be outspoken because you're getting the results you want anyway.’
    • ‘As someone who is forthright and outspoken he is a prominent figure to the people of the town.’
    • ‘An outspoken fire union boss has got round a gagging order by turning to the power of the written word.’
    • ‘We need to be more vigilant and more outspoken about these matters.’
    • ‘Much of what he wrote was so outspoken that it was bequeathed to museums under a 50-year embargo.’
    • ‘He is a controversial and outspoken defender of the operatic form, and a passionate advocate of opera in English.’
    • ‘She spent her entire life being outspoken, passionate, opinionated and difficult.’
    • ‘Initially, BBC bosses had said the outspoken builder's return would be good television.’
    • ‘His outspoken nature landed him a seat on the board and in 1995 he was elected as president.’
    • ‘The agenda is full to bursting with some of the world's most outspoken activists.’
    • ‘He is still as outspoken as ever and although he defends public radio he is highly critical of television.’
    • ‘It frequently deals with issues of race, and is often outspoken and controversial.’
    • ‘Occasionally he even forgets he is supposed to be promoting his next television drama and becomes outspoken.’
    • ‘The press do not know what to make of these outspoken, confident fanatics.’
    • ‘Like me, you've got a bit of a reputation for being outspoken on the subject of human rights, haven't you?’
    • ‘Her outspoken nature made her a socially active person, taking part in several campaigns.’
    forthright, direct, candid, frank, straightforward, honest, open, straight, straight from the shoulder, plain, plain-spoken, vociferous, vocal
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