spoken




Anything that’s spoken is said out loud. “Spoken word” is a genre of poetry that is meant to be recited and performed in front of an audience.

Spoken is the past participle of the verb speak, but it’s also an adjective that describes things that are uttered or said or articulated or voiced. It’s often used in combination with another adjective, like a soft-spoken friend or a blunt-spoken teacher. It can also distinguish one thing from a written version: “I’m taking a spoken exam instead of a written one, so I should do fine.”

Definitions of spoken
  1. adjective

    uttered through the medium of speech or characterized by speech; sometimes used in combination

    “a
    spoken message”
    “the
    spoken language”
    “a soft-
    spoken person”
    “sharp-
    spoken
    Synonyms:

    articulate

    expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language
    expressed, uttered, verbalised, verbalized

    communicated in words
    oral, unwritten

    using speech rather than writing
    verbal

    expressed in spoken words
    viva-voce, word-of-mouth

    expressed orally
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    Antonyms:

    written

    set down in writing in any of various ways
    scripted, written

    written as for a film or play or broadcast
    backhand, left-slanting

    (of handwriting) having the letters slanting backward
    cursive

    having successive letter joined together
    engrossed

    written formally in a large clear script, as a deed or other legal document
    graphic, graphical, in writing

    written or drawn or engraved
    handwritten

    written by hand
    holographic

    written wholly in the handwriting of the signer
    inscribed

    written (by handwriting, printing, engraving, or carving) on or in a surface
    longhand

    having words written out in full by hand
    scrivened

    copied in handwriting
    shorthand

    written in abbreviated or symbolic form
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