What do you call a guy who talks so elegantly, when he talks he knows what he is saying; he takes care of each word out of his mouth, his words shows his high personality etc ... and what would be the adjective for such words said? e.g. "thoughtfully put", " elegantly said" etc ..

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    The word is 'articulate'
    – Mitch
    Commented Mar 27, 2015 at 17:48
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    Just call him a carefully-spoken man. Note there can be a difference between "elegant" speech (from articulate/poetic speakers) and "careful, thoughtful" (from cautious speakers, presidents, etc., who might think carefully before using "weasel words"). Commented Mar 27, 2015 at 18:25
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    Carefully-spoken seems too wordy, especially when several single-word answers abound.
    – Jimi Oke
    Commented Mar 27, 2015 at 18:50
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    ¿n ƃuᴉʇɹʍ dʇs zןd n pɔ?
    – tchrist
    Commented Mar 27, 2015 at 19:03
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    You can say he speaks deliberately.
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Mar 27, 2015 at 19:15

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I'm not sure there is a single word which would capture all the nuances which you are after. Precise probably comes close, but has overtones of pedantry (which I think you don't want). Some combination of precise, articulate and sensitive might be what you are after. I would agree with you that eloquence probably veers more into the realm of artistry-with-words than you would like.

  • can I say, the guy is precise or a precise guy ..never heard it ..
    – Tanvir
    Commented Mar 27, 2015 at 18:23
  • Of course, you can say someone is/was precise, with regard to their speech or delivery, etc.
    – Jimi Oke
    Commented Mar 27, 2015 at 18:50
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    +1 for articulate. In my opinion, there is no need to combine with precise and sensitive. Articulate has a strong connotation of precise. The etymology of articulate might shed some light on its particular strength for this application.
    – ScotM
    Commented Mar 27, 2015 at 23:18

I'll be offering a fastidious speaker

Garner on Language and Writing: Selected Essays and ... - Page 516 Bryan A. Garner - 2009

To select one of several examples, in the days when aggravate was first coming to be widely used for "irritate, annoy," the fastidious speaker or writer could either combat the word's debasement and use it correctly or seek refuge in exacerbate.

as well as an*l (sorry, but ...)

Also, more positive:

Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life Nicholas Phillipson - 2010

... thus bestows upon the whole species those names which it had been taught to apply to two individuals.' In the same way we say of a great orator that he is a Cicero or a great scientist that he is a Newton.

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    Fastidious has a negative connotation which OP , apparently, is not looking for!!
    – user66974
    Commented Mar 27, 2015 at 19:01
  • An elegant speaker seems more likely to have an oral rather than an anal fixation ;-)
    – ScotM
    Commented Mar 27, 2015 at 23:23

silver-tongued adjective: marked by convincing and eloquent expression “a silver–tongued politician”; see, Merriam-Webster silver-tongued


I like laconic. A laconic person's speech could be described as concise, fastidious, precise, or my personal favorite, economical.

(Of course, you could bellow, "This! Is! Laconia!" if you wanted to make an obscure joke.)


circumspect (adj.)-thinking carefully about possible risks before doing or saying something. (Merriam-Webster.com)


I would describe him as well-spoken

If I were describing his speech I would use definite/definitive or lucid/clear

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