What does the idiom “Silver Tongue” Mean? An idiom is a phrase of figurative language that is often used during informal conversation. It is meant to convey a meaning of a thought or feeling without being taken literally. Idioms have been used in the English language for many years. “Silver tongue” is a popular idiom still used today. Here you will find the meaning of the phrase, details on its origin, examples of the phrase used in conversation/statements and other ways to say the same thing in literal terms.
Silver Tongue Meaning
“Silver tongue” or “silver-tongued” is during conversation to describe someone who speaks in an clever and and well-spoken manner.
Origin of this idiom
The first use of the phrase appeared in the 1590s. Today, most know silver to mean the metallic color. However, there is actually another definition that is not widely known defining silver as a word to describe the sound of something pleasing. Most people believe the phrase “silver tongue” or “silver-tongued” was coined after an English preacher by the name of Henry Smithe was given the nickname of “Silver Tongued” Smith. Although this seems a feasible origin, there are others who believe that the term comes from the Old Testament of the Bible from the book of Proverbs, chapter 10, verse 20, which states “The tongue of the righteous is as choice as silver…”
“Silver Tongue” Examples
Examples in Statements
A news reporter doing a report on a local car salesman.
- “Many people are suing this car dealership because they claim the silver tongued car dealer was successful at talking them into a vehicle he knew was going to breakdown shortly after driving it off of his lot.”
A statement made in the local paper from a concerned citizen being interviewed.
- “Do not let the silver tongue of Mayor Pritchett fool you. This law is just not a good idea.”
Examples in Conversation
A conversation between two co-workers.
- Co-worker 1: I don’t know how the boss always convinces me to work overtime.
- Co-worker 2: I don’t know either. It must be that silver tongue of his.
A conversation between between husband and wife.
- Husband: Are you still made at me?
- Wife: Yes, and don’t even try to convince me otherwise with your silver tongue.
More useful examples:
- Tom has a silver tongue, and he can persuade John to give up his crazy plan.
- That car salesman has a silver tongue and he can sell any car off the lot.
- She always has a silver tongue when it comes to talking to teachers.
Other Ways to Say “Silver Tongue”
As is typically the case with all idioms, there are many other ways to say this phrase in literal terms. Some of the different ways to convey the same meaning are by saying he/she speaks well, he/she speaks very eloquently or he/she is very persuasive.
“Silver Tongue” synonyms list:
- Sharp tongue
- Oral skills
- Smooth talker
- Persuasive power