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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And, quite frankly, the way the city treated the community back then was not admirable. Nelvin C. Cepeda, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Imperial Beach sets aside funding for long-awaited skate park expansion," 11 June 2019 Showing families how to speak frankly and stay in the room is a big part of what a chaplain, a hospice worker, or a spiritual counselor does. John Crowley, Harper's magazine, "Works of Mercy," 10 Apr. 2019 Digging into his burger with a cheeky grin, Melonas speaks quickly and frankly, as is his wont, explaining how his sprawling food laboratory in the Fenway is changing the way the world eats. Janelle Nanos,, "Can Adam Melonas cook up a food revolution from his secretive Fenway lab?," 27 June 2018 The two can talk openly and frankly in the outfield during pregame drills about whatever is on their minds. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Evolution of Rangers' closer Keone Kela has been four years in the making | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 May 2018 The Lighthouse Much like his erstwhile screen partner, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson has enjoyed a frankly astonishing transformation from reluctant heartthrob to indie darling (and, apparently, our next Batman). Marley Marius, Vogue, "5 Under-the-Radar Cannes Films Critics Are Buzzing About," 23 May 2019 There is the undeniable draw of international assassins, psychopaths, and intelligence agencies—but frankly television in that vein can often end up feeling derivative, or predictable. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Killing Eve's Fiona Shaw Knows Which Side Carolyn Martens Is On. She Knows a Lot, Actually.," 5 May 2019 In this environment, Parliament’s stressed, exhausted politicians and their staff are frankly relieved at the 10-day Easter break that began on Friday. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "Shame, sadness in UK as Brexit reveals Parliament’s flaws," 14 Apr. 2019 Sweden, frankly, having done most things right for most of the game, was poor in the final minutes. Jonathan Wilson,, "Germany Saves Its World Cup Life, But Champions Show Their Vulnerability," 23 June 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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