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

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 In a time when retention is the new acquisition, frankly, great customer experience has never been more important. Sara Jurmain Richter, Forbes, 29 June 2022 It’s one of the core reasons that green technology will continue to pull in investments into a recession: There frankly isn’t time to waste. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 28 June 2022 And, frankly, the last couple of decisions that came out of this United States Supreme Court are -- make America a lot more dangerous, more guns, fewer rights, less health care. CBS News, 26 June 2022 The fact that LaMDA in particular has been the center of attention is, frankly, a little quaint. Stephen Marche, The Atlantic, 19 June 2022 Gun violence is, frankly, a Democratic talking point. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 16 June 2022 The decline of the New Deal order and the rise of neoliberalism is a simple enough story that, frankly, is well-trodden ground even if few tell the story as deeply, concisely, and well as Gerstle. Ed Burmila, The New Republic, 15 June 2022 Gun violence is, frankly, a Democratic talking point. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, 15 June 2022 In practice, the V model is a sleeper, which frankly is a bit out of character for a vehicle whose commercial success has come in large part from its ostentatious design. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, 13 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of frankly

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Frankly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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