Main definitions of frank in English

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adjective

  • 1Open, honest, and direct in speech or writing, especially when dealing with unpalatable matters.

    ‘a long and frank discussion’
    ‘to be perfectly frank, I don't know’
    • ‘Would you rather me lie and lead you into a false sense of security, or be frank and honest?’
    • ‘The body language was frank, honest and absolutely perfect.’
    • ‘I'd much prefer to be open and frank in this matter.’
    • ‘What needs to happen now is a frank and honest debate in which the communities are invited to take part.’
    • ‘Without these, it was difficult to engage in open and frank discussions of professional matters.’
    • ‘His honest and frank statement revealed the physical and mental turmoil he has endured of late as he has strained every sinew in an attempt to reach peak fitness again after three operations on his right knee.’
    • ‘It is refreshing to finally have a frank and open discussion about these ideological impasses.’
    • ‘Please be frank and honest in your responses to the following questions.’
    • ‘Thank you very much for being frank and honest without being cruel.’
    • ‘He was quite open, quite direct, and quite frank.’
    • ‘The frank realism of his writing devolves from his experience working with violence prevention in prisons and schools in New York.’
    • ‘We had very frank discussions on the matters at hand and there are differences of opinion.’
    • ‘Some of this is done through sharing experiences, but frank and honest discussions and observations are at the heart of the relationship.’
    • ‘In general, focus group discussions consisted of honest, open and frank opinions of what the students thought about the class.’
    • ‘The age-old mindset seems to be that nothing but instability and drama can result from a frank statement about such matters.’
    • ‘It was like communicating with someone without veneers of sincerity or honesty - it was frank, unashamedly honest and raw.’
    • ‘We need to deal with the substance of the issue and I think we had a very blunt and frank discussion.’
    • ‘I am trying not to be political in this treatise; I am trying to be frank, honest, perhaps a bit funny.’
    • ‘For the most part, the discussions were frank and open.’
    • ‘It is absolutely essential that these matters are dealt with quickly and in a frank and honest manner.’
    candid, direct, forthright, plain, plain-spoken, straight, straightforward, straight from the shoulder, explicit, unequivocal, unambiguous, unvarnished, bald, to the point, no-nonsense, matter-of-fact
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    1. 1.1Open, sincere, or undisguised in manner or appearance.
      ‘Katherine saw her look at Sam with frank admiration’
      • ‘In a sense his honest and frank views came back to haunt him and left him open to unfair criticism in certain quarters.’
      • ‘I want to be as frank and sincere as possible in trying to address what I believe are some of the fundamental problems and what I think some of the possible solutions to them could be.’
      • ‘A perceptive woman, gifted with a modern vision, a frank subjectivity and a libidinous persona which invited attention from her contemporaries.’
      • ‘She noticed that Pamela was watching a passing village with frank wonder.’
      • ‘It was accepted by the court that the use of this type of evidence would deter witnesses from frank cooperation in inquiries if they were aware of the future use that this evidence might be put to.’
      • ‘Does she embrace the frank presentation of honest contrary views, or can she brook no hint of opposition?’
      • ‘The painting is clear and frank, far removed from the idealised picture of a woman that might have been expected.’
      • ‘He's always happy to talk, frank in his opinions, entertaining in his manner and perceptive about whatever matter is in hand.’
      • ‘I believe that there is no reason for a frank, sincere government to be blindsided or oppressed, if it's willing to communicate in a rational, humble and practical way.’
      • ‘Some ignored her; some stared back, as frank and friendly and unconcerned as any neighbor's children.’
      • ‘The young pro-reform forces admire his righteous, sincere and frank personality which makes him fearless in the face of authority and willing to speak for disadvantaged groups.’
      • ‘And would say, Europeans or Asians be as honest as US citizens, who are consistently, and admirably frank on such issues?’
      • ‘They can't do that if you have not been frank and honest with them.’
      • ‘He had been smiling when he walked in, only now his eyes wandered down my frame with frank admiration that my cheeks burned.’
    2. 1.2Medicine
      Unmistakable; obvious.
      ‘frank ulceration’
      • ‘On examination, a frank abscess was not seen, and she was admitted for intravenous antibiotic treatment.’
      • ‘Difficulties with word usage are rare in persons with Huntington's disease, as are frank aphasia or impairments in semantic memory.’
      • ‘When electrocardiographic abnormalities occur in association with chest pain but in the absence of frank infarction, they confer prognostic significance.’
      • ‘Typical findings include spiculation of the mucosa, spasm, abscess, or evidence of frank perforation.’
      • ‘Altered glucose homeostasis may result in the development of frank diabetes mellitus in up to 7% of patients.’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense free): from Old French franc, from medieval Latin francus free from Francus (see Frank: only Franks had full freedom in Frankish Gaul). Another Middle English sense was generous, which led to the current sense.

Pronunciation:

frank

/fraNGk/

Main definitions of frank in English

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frank2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Stamp an official mark on (a letter or parcel), especially to indicate that postage has been paid or does not need to be paid.

    • ‘Bargain hunters browsed around the vast array of stalls selling anything from sunglasses to framed and franked Adolf Hitler stamps!’
    • ‘Each card will bear the specially franked message ‘Merry X'mas & Happy New Year’.’
    • ‘In the drawing, a system for preparing franked postal items according to the presently most preferred embodiment of the invention is shown.’
    • ‘The advertising service covers stamped, personal mail, but not business mail which is usually franked, rather than stamped.’
    • ‘In order that we may achieve this, could you ensure that all outgoing and incoming mail is marked ‘medical in confidence’ and that incoming mail is franked with the authority's distinctive mark?’
    • ‘Royal Mail introduces new requirements for franked mail to bear a return address for it to be returned when undeliverable’
    • ‘Royal Mail handles 21 million franked items of mail a year that are undeliverable or marked ‘return to sender’, but have no return address on the outside. Two thirds of these are eventually destroyed.’
    • ‘A franking commission must pre-approve all mailings, following the guidelines in a 66-page rule book.’
    • ‘Three were international mail franked by Bang Lamung Post Office on the 26th and 27th of last month.’
    • ‘A person entitled to use franked mail may not lend this frank or permit its use by any committee, organization, association, or other person.’
    • ‘We had aggressively used computerized mailing lists in the Senate for our franked mail program and in our political operations for direct mail fundraising.’
    • ‘On five separate occasions, between July last year and March this year, she sent sinister letters, some sexually explicit, franked by the prison and on prison notepaper.’
    • ‘Volunteers stuck labels, folded letters, franked envelopes and filed mail bags to send more than 10,000 copies of the new brochure out to the public.’
    • ‘Yeats painted the little scene across both front and back of a paper envelope which was then stamped and franked when he posted it to John Masefield in 1905.’
    • ‘That form has since been well franked as Wild Passion is now one of the leading lights of the Noel Meade yard.’
    • ‘The franked envelopes contain a copy of a Labour election leaflet, a form to register for postal votes and a reply-paid Labour freepost envelope.’
    • ‘The items were not franked letters, but the circular-type which are addressed to ‘the occupier’.’
    • ‘Stories circulated of members who routinely franked their laundry home and who gave their signatures to family and friends for personal use.’
    • ‘There were some obvious mistakes in amongst all the realism too - modern buttons on a printed fabric shirt, fibreglass insulation in the ceiling and modern stamps and franking on some letters.’
    • ‘A back-lit screen displays complete information about every franking operation - at the touch of a button.’
    stamp, postmark, imprint, print, mark
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    1. 1.1historical Sign (a letter or parcel) to ensure delivery free of charge.
    2. 1.2archaic Facilitate or pay the passage of (someone)
      ‘English will frank the traveler through most of North America’

noun

  • An official mark or signature on a letter or parcel, especially to indicate that postage has been paid or does not need to be paid.

    • ‘Members of both Houses of Parliament had the privilege of free postage (save for the penny post) and gave large numbers of franks to friends, constituents, or even business colleagues: the privilege was not abolished until 1840.’
    • ‘He felt a jab of dread as he saw the frank and the crest on the cover.’
    • ‘Several candidates explained in great detail the advantages incumbents have in fundraising, media access and, in the case of federal officials, the frank.’
    stamp, postmark, imprint, mark, official mark
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Origin

Early 18th century: from frank, an early sense being free of obligation.

Pronunciation:

frank

/fraNGk/

Main definitions of frank in English

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noun

North american
  • short for frankfurter
    • ‘Two entries (Smoked Chipotle Bean Dip and Spicy Black Bean Dip) reminded us of canned franks and beans.’
    • ‘Burgers, franks and sausages are made from soy, egg or wheat protein, and may contain other beans & grains.’
    • ‘There is a lengthy tracking shot, but it's of the cafeteria - seafarers eating franks and beans, and such.’
    • ‘Kids love them, especially the small variety, chipolatas and cocktail franks.’
    • ‘Beans and franks are fine for some but these staples of campfire grub don't have to make an appearance on your holiday menu.’
    • ‘Is it true they separate the franks from the beans?’
    • ‘Poor as in eating lots of beans and franks (which my mother detested and i liked, being a kid and all).’
    • ‘Every chance I get I boil up some franks, cut a couple of piece of cheese, stick them on a piece of bread and consume.’
    • ‘On Sunday, they planned to grill up some kebabs and franks out on the patio for lunch.’
    • ‘Even with pretty strict standards, about half the burgers, nuggets, franks, and sausages qualified for a thumbs up.’
    • ‘A veggie hot dog makes sense considering the 16 grams of fat in a Ball Park frank.’

Pronunciation:

frank

/fraNGk/

Main definitions of frank in English

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Frank

noun

  • 1A member of a Germanic people that conquered Gaul in the 6th century and controlled much of western Europe for several centuries afterward.

    • ‘It lost most of its monasteries and was not much of a prize when a Viking came to the King of the West Franks in 911 with a proposal.’
    • ‘With the collapse of the Roman Empire in the fifth century, the Franks held sway for more than 550 years.’
    • ‘By 924 the Franks were forced to grant the Danes the districts of Bayeux, Exmes and Sees, and in 933 the Cotenin and Avranchin.’
    • ‘The Franks and other Germanic tribes were never absorbed into the Roman world, rather, they added a Germanic impression to that world.’
    • ‘About 100 years later, the Germanic tribe of the Franks invaded and took possession of Belgium.’
    • ‘The Franks, Visigoths, and Burgundians all made large inroads into the western empire.’
    • ‘In the 3rd century, the Franks unsuccessfully attempted to invade Roman Gaul.’
    • ‘As Roman Christians, the Franks eventually helped conquer and convert the Goths and other barbarians in western Europe.’
    • ‘The Kingdom of the West Franks corresponded more or less with France, though southern France broke away fairly early.’
    • ‘All three armies - the Egyptians, the Syrians, and the Franks - were enemies of one another.’
    • ‘One reason is that the settlers were different: the Franks and Visigoths had come to know far more about Roman ways than the Angles and Saxons ever did.’
    • ‘The northern tongue was influenced by Frankish, the Germanic language of the Franks, who gave their name to both France and French.’
    • ‘The Franks likewise suffered many casualties and were able to loot the camp but not to pursue the enemy beyond the battlefield.’
    • ‘The origins of the duchy of Normandy lie in a grant of territory around Rouen made early in the 10th cent. by the king of the west Franks to a Viking chieftain named Rollo.’
    • ‘After the fall of the Western Roman Empire the Franks and Ostrogoths kept up the tradition.’
    • ‘It seems much less likely that these different origins were linked to any ethnic distinction between the Franks and the Lombards.’
    • ‘With Aleppo and Mosul under his control, Saladin could finally turn his attention to the Franks.’
    • ‘By the seventh century, the Franks were one of the dominant forces of western Europe.’
    • ‘The ambassadors returned to Damascus and Saladin decided to punish the Franks himself.’
    • ‘Between the fourth and eighth centuries A.D., most of both portions were conquered by the Franks.’
    1. 1.1(in the eastern Mediterranean region) a person of western European nationality or descent.
      • ‘Since the eighth century most probably the designations Franks and Frankish extended beyond the boundaries of the Frankish tribe.’

Origin

Old English Franca, of Germanic origin; perhaps from the name of a weapon and related to Old English franca javelin (compare with Saxon); reinforced in Middle English by medieval Latin Francus and Old French Franc, of the same origin and related to French.

Pronunciation:

Frank

/fraNGk/