adjective \ˈfraŋk\

—used to say that someone is speaking or writing in a very direct and honest way

Full Definition of FRANK

:  marked by free, forthright, and sincere expression <a frank reply>
a :  unmistakably evident <frank materialism>
b :  clinically evident and unmistakable <frank pus>
frank·ness noun

Examples of FRANK

  1. <our ballet teacher is very frank about telling her students whether she thinks they have the talent for a career in dance>

Origin of FRANK

Middle English, free, from Anglo-French franc, from Medieval Latin francus, from Late Latin Francus Frank
First Known Use: 1535

Synonym Discussion of FRANK

frank, candid, open, plain mean showing willingness to tell what one feels or thinks. frank stresses lack of shyness or secretiveness or of evasiveness from considerations of tact or expedience <frank discussions>. candid suggests expression marked by sincerity and honesty especially in offering unwelcome criticism or opinion <a candid appraisal>. open implies frankness but suggests more indiscretion than frank and less earnestness than candid <open in saying what they think>. plain suggests outspokenness and freedom from affectation or subtlety in expression <plain talk>.



Definition of FRANK

transitive verb
a :  to mark (a piece of mail) with an official signature or sign indicating the right of the sender to free mailing
b :  to mail free
c :  to affix to (mail) a stamp or a marking indicating the payment of postage
:  to enable to pass or go freely or easily
frank·able \ˈfraŋ-kə-bəl\ adjective
frank·er noun

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Other Postal Terms

cancel, indicia, philatelist



Definition of FRANK

a :  the signature of the sender on a piece of franked mail serving in place of a postage stamp
b :  a mark or stamp on a piece of mail indicating postage paid
c :  a franked envelope
:  the privilege of sending mail free of charge

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Definition of FRANK

First Known Use of FRANK


Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel


noun \ˈfraŋk\

Definition of FRANK

:  a member of a West Germanic tribal confederacy that entered the Roman provinces in a.d. 253, occupied the Netherlands and most of Gaul, and established themselves along the Rhine

Origin of FRANK

Middle English, partly from Old English Franca; partly from Anglo-French Franc, from Late Latin Francus, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German Franko Frank, Old English Franca
First Known Use: before 12th century


biographical name \ˈfraŋk, ˈfräŋk\

Definition of FRANK

Anne 1929–1945 Ger.-born diarist during the Holocaust


adjective \ˈfraŋk\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FRANK

:  clinically evident <frank pus> <frank gout>


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