\ ˈbraŋk\

Definition of brank

 (Entry 1 of 2)

dialectal, British


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plural -s

Definition of brank (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an instrument consisting of an iron frame surrounding the head and a sharp metal bit or gag entering the mouth formerly used to punish scolds

called also scold's bridle

usually used in plural
b branks plural, now chiefly Scottish : a bridle or halter for horses or cows
2 branks plural, Scottish : mumps

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History and Etymology for brank

Intransitive verb

Middle English branken


origin unknown

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