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

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As laid out by Vox, the legal nitty-gritty on what constitutes a national emergency is, frankly, a complete mess. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump Is Threatening to Declare a National Emergency to Get Border Wall Funding. Here's Why He Shouldn’t.," 11 Jan. 2019 The ramifications of it, frankly, aren’t known yet. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "RGB fans, rejoice: Corsair's new Capellix LED technology is about to change everything," 10 Jan. 2019 With 10 pressure settings and seven Waterpik water flossing tips, this flosser is the easiest, most effective, and quite frankly, most fun way to get your flossing in. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "13 Beauty Essentials You Should Stock Up On During Amazon Prime Day," 16 July 2018 Royal protocol is a code of conduct for state occasions; it's etiquette, and frankly has nothing to do with what color pedicure Meghan, or any royal for that matter, wears to a charity theater event. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "No, Meghan Markle Didn't Break Royal Protocol With Her Dark Nail Polish," 17 Jan. 2019 The era of celebrity CEOs is dumb and frankly dangerous. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Where in the World Is Larry Page?," 30 Dec. 2018 Modern batteries are, quite frankly, a miracle compared to ye olde lead acid battery. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "High-density lithium in graphene: An intriguing battery possibility," 29 Nov. 2018 Quite frankly, this is probably what the LG V40 should have cost. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "LG's awesome 5-camera V40 is already $200 off at B&H Photo," 23 Oct. 2018 And quite frankly, coaching them on what to say, these are people that literally do not have a stake in this. Fox News, "Reps. Meadows, Jordan call on Rosenstein to testify," 27 Sep. 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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the range of authority or knowledge

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