frank·ly | \ ˈfraŋ-klē \

Definition of frankly 

1 : in a frank manner spoke frankly

2 : in truth : indeed frankly, I don't know

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of frankly in a Sentence

You can speak frankly to us. frankly, I'd rather stay at home than go to the movies tonight

Recent Examples on the Web

His trade war, North Korea, or the Mueller investigation all could turn against him and, frankly, could turn against him now like North Korea has. NBC News, "Meet the Press - July 1, 2018," 1 July 2018 The writers deal with death frankly and absurdly, making the whole thing hilarious and cathartic. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "9 Emmy-Nominated Shows You Can Binge to Escape Reality," 13 July 2018 But frankly folks, the overturning of Roe is the least of our problems. Amelia Harnish,, "What Will Happen To Abortion Rights After Justice Anthony Kennedy Retires?," 27 June 2018 People have been too scared in New York’s frankly very intimidating political environment. Danielle Tcholakian, Longreads, "An Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reading List," 10 July 2018 And Cooper has spoken frankly about his brother’s suicide. Hal Boedeker,, "'Suicide Crisis,' Marco Rubio, 'Westworld': This weekend," 21 June 2018 This was, frankly, nothing particularly newsy or even new. Jeff Miller,, "Angels’ weakness exposed again in 3-0 loss to Mariners," 12 July 2018 And then on top of it, frankly, the government has not exactly been helpful, even when people are bonded out. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Charlotte and Dave Willner, plus Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky on Recode Decode," 9 July 2018 In a 2017 interview, Jackson went into detail about her effort to embrace herself despite the strict (and, frankly, unrealistic) standards of beauty in the fashion industry. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "10 Celebrities on Why They DGAF About Cellulite," 6 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'frankly.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of frankly

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about frankly

Statistics for frankly

Last Updated

11 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for frankly

The first known use of frankly was in 1537

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for frankly



English Language Learners Definition of frankly

: in an honest and direct way

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on frankly

What made you want to look up frankly? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


occurring twice a year or every two years

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!