frank·​ly | \ ˈfraŋ-klē How to pronounce frankly (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Although robot vacuums are, frankly, super cool, top-notch models can be incredibly expensive. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this weekend," 31 Jan. 2021 And frankly, this is the right move for both parties. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions, Matthew Stafford seek fresh start via trade: How it came to this," 24 Jan. 2021 And while the vaccine rollout is gradually improving, the situation right now is, frankly, very alarming and urgent... Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Newsrooms focus on insurrection and impeachment, but there's still a pandemic," 15 Jan. 2021 The 28-point loss that followed was, frankly, surreal. Michael Casagrande |, al, "The legacy that could await Alabama on Monday night," 9 Jan. 2021 Many readers were inspired to respond, and frankly, some responses were not only dismissive, but outright racist. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Readers weigh in to offer their own advice," 27 Dec. 2020 But Zawahiri is, frankly, as far as the agency was concerned, in terms of cutting off the heads of al-Qaeda, was just as important. CBS News, "Former senior CIA officer recalls killing of service members by suicide bomber," 30 Dec. 2020 The alleged defamation ties to a specific October episode in a fall that was, frankly, full of strange episodes. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Computer repairman suing Twitter for defamation, seeks $500 million," 29 Dec. 2020 And frankly, the movie wouldn’t have been the same without it. Ilana Kaplan, Marie Claire, "The Pop Queens of 'Promising Young Woman'," 28 Dec. 2020

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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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7 Feb 2021

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“Frankly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of frankly

: in an honest and direct way

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