frank·​ly | \ˈfraŋ-klē \

Definition of frankly 

1 : in a frank manner spoke frankly

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

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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

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Openly and frankly discuss all of your issues, and make a plan right then and there to resolve them. Vogue, "The Smartest Money Resolutions You Can Make For 2019," 14 Dec. 2018 But the combination of gridlock, environmental concern, and frankly, urban necessity has created the conditions to begin rethinking how this country gets around. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Public transit’s missed opportunity," 20 Nov. 2018 Parents can speak frankly with principals and teachers about what is being taught in the classroom and how these lessons are being learned by the students. Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Racism and Patriarchy Is Taught at School," 16 Oct. 2018 Stories like this are all too common, and frankly do not often make the news. Adrienne Keene, Teen Vogue, "Colorado State University Tour Incident Is Nothing New for Native Students," 7 May 2018 My fear is that the Chinese companies, which are frankly on a growth rate even faster than Facebook, Google, and Twitter’s growth, don’t have any of the constraints of the other companies. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Four ways the internet changed the midterm elections," 7 Nov. 2018 And frankly Hope is great and so are many of the other people. CBS News, "Trump says "that I don't know" when asked if John Kelly is leaving," 29 June 2018 But frankly, the World Cup is about so much more than soccer. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "This is what the World Cup coming to KC would look like, and why it would be such fun," 17 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of frankly

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of frankly was in 1537

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English Language Learners Definition of frankly

: in an honest and direct way

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