frank

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adjective

1
: marked by free, forthright, and sincere expression
a frank reply
2
a
: unmistakably evident
frank materialism
b
: clinically evident and unmistakable
frank pus
frankness noun

frank

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verb

franked; franking; franks

transitive verb

1
a
: to mark (a piece of mail) with an official signature or sign indicating the right of the sender to free mailing
b
: to mail free
c
: to affix to (mail) a stamp or a marking indicating the payment of postage
2
: to enable to pass or go freely or easily
frankable adjective
franker noun

frank

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noun (1)

1
a
: the signature of the sender on a piece of franked mail serving in place of a postage stamp
b
: a mark or stamp on a piece of mail indicating postage paid
c
: a franked envelope
2
: the privilege of sending mail free of charge

frank

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noun (2)

Frank

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noun (3)

: a member of a West Germanic tribal confederacy that entered the Roman provinces in a.d. 253, occupied the Netherlands and most of Gaul, and established themselves along the Rhine
Choose the Right Synonym for frank

frank, candid, open, plain mean showing willingness to tell what one feels or thinks.

frank stresses lack of shyness or secretiveness or of evasiveness from considerations of tact or expedience.

frank discussions

candid suggests expression marked by sincerity and honesty especially in offering unwelcome criticism or opinion.

a candid appraisal

open implies frankness but suggests more indiscretion than frank and less earnestness than candid.

open in saying what they think

plain suggests outspokenness and freedom from affectation or subtlety in expression.

plain talk

Example Sentences

Adjective our ballet teacher is very frank about telling her students whether she thinks they have the talent for a career in dance

Word History

Etymology

Adjective, Verb, and Noun (1)

Middle English, free, from Anglo-French franc, from Medieval Latin francus, from Late Latin Francus Frank

Noun (3)

Middle English, partly from Old English Franca; partly from Anglo-French Franc, from Late Latin Francus, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German Franko Frank, Old English Franca

First Known Use

Adjective

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (1)

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1904, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of frank was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near frank

Cite this Entry

“Frank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frank. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

frank 1 of 2

adjective

ˈfraŋk
: free in speaking one's feelings and opinions
frankness noun

Frank

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noun

: a member of a Germanic people living in ancient Gaul
Frankish
ˈfraŋ-kish
adjective

Medical Definition

: clinically evident
frank pus
frank gout

Biographical Definition

Frank 1 of 2

biographical name (1)

ˈfraŋk How to pronounce Frank (audio)
ˈfräŋk
Anne 1929–1945 German-born diarist during the Holocaust

Frank

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biographical name (2)

Joachim 1940–     American (German-born) biochemist and biophysicist

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