forthright vs plainspoken what difference

what is difference between forthright and plainspoken

English

Etymology 1

From Middle English forþright, forþriʒt, forþriht, from Old English forþriht (direct, plain); equivalent to forth +‎ right.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɔːθˌɹaɪt/

Adjective

forthright (comparative more forthright, superlative most forthright)

  1. Straightforward; not evasive; candid and direct.
  2. Frank, outspoken.
  3. Markedly simple.
  4. Fixed; settled; decided.
  5. (archaic) Proceeding straight forth.

Derived terms

  • forthrightly
  • forthrightness
  • unforthright

Translations

Noun

forthright (plural forthrights)

  1. (archaic) A straight path.
    • c. 1610-11, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act III scene iii[1]:
      Gonzalo: [] Here’s a maze trod indeed / Through forth-rights and meanders !

Etymology 2

From Middle English forthright, forþriʒt, forthricte, from Old English forþrihte (straightway, at once, plainly), from forþriht +‎ -e (adverbial suffix).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /fɔːθˈɹaɪt/

Adverb

forthright (comparative more forthright, superlative most forthright)

  1. Expressly, frankly, unhesitatingly.
  2. At once, forthwith.
  3. Swiftly.
  4. (archaic) Straight forward, in a straight direction.

References

  • “forthright”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “forthright”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.


English

Alternative forms

  • plain-spoken

Etymology

plain +‎ spoken

Pronunciation

Adjective

plainspoken (comparative more plainspoken, superlative most plainspoken)

  1. Speaking plainly or simply.
    He was a plainspoken fellow with plenty of amazing stories to tell.

Derived terms

  • plainspokenly
  • plainspokenness

Related terms

  • outspoken
  • softspoken

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