from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Speaking with a soft or gentle voice: a soft-spoken instructor.
- adj. Smooth; ingratiating: a soft-spoken attempt at bribery.
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- adj. having a pleasant, sweet, gentle, mild speaking manner
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Speaking softly; having a mild or gentle voice; hence, mild; affable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Speaking softly; having a mild or gentle voice; hence, mild; affable; plausible.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having a speaking manner that is not loud or harsh
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A white male she described as soft-spoken and articulate.
Naranjo, the public defender, said he never had a problem with Nellessen, whom he described as soft-spoken, courteous and polite.
First Impression: Fynn is described as a soft-spoken and well-mannered man who’s not without charm and humor.
Several of Fai's colleagues in the U.S. also said they were stunned by Fai's arrest, calling the soft-spoken 62-year-old a "gentleman" who dedicated his whole life to the Kashmiri cause.
During the bus boycott, local civil rights leaders described her to the press as “mild-mannered and soft-spoken,” a “lady . . . who was too sweet to even say damn in anger,” and “a typical American housewife.”
A soft-spoken man with a friendly demeanor, Ted guides the gathering with a soft touch, quietly adding comments here or there as each member speaks.
Morris-Kliment is a soft-spoken man with graying, bowl-cut hair, round glasses, and a dark gray beard.
If you've seen Mr. Guirgis's funny, poetically profane, Tony-nominated play, "The Motherf**ker With the Hat," his modest, soft-spoken demeanor might come as a surprise.
The soft-spoken director can't imagine what commercial prospects exist for the film, and doesn't care.
I was expecting this big scruffy redneck voice, and he was very soft-spoken, with this sort of gentle nature to go along with his way of speaking.