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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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 The writers deal with death frankly and absurdly, making the whole thing hilarious and cathartic. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "9 Emmy-Nominated Shows You Can Binge to Escape Reality," 13 July 2018 But frankly folks, the overturning of Roe is the least of our problems. Amelia Harnish,, "What Will Happen To Abortion Rights After Justice Anthony Kennedy Retires?," 27 June 2018 People have been too scared in New York’s frankly very intimidating political environment. Danielle Tcholakian, Longreads, "An Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reading List," 10 July 2018 And Cooper has spoken frankly about his brother’s suicide. Hal Boedeker,, "'Suicide Crisis,' Marco Rubio, 'Westworld': This weekend," 21 June 2018 This was, frankly, nothing particularly newsy or even new. Jeff Miller,, "Angels’ weakness exposed again in 3-0 loss to Mariners," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of frankly

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of frankly

: in an honest and direct way

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a state of commotion or excitement

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