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 And very frankly, what the Republicans have done, what Donald Trump has done is deeply divide our country, [and] polarize our politics. ABC News, 21 Sep. 2022 What the governors of Florida and Texas are doing, frankly, is a political stunt and treating people like livestock. CBS News, 18 Sep. 2022 Your relatives, frankly, don’t sound like very educated or nice people. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2022 But Álvarez is the younger, fresher, and quite frankly, the more desperate fighter after dropping a decision to Bivol in May. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2022 The new name is Acrisure Stadium, which frankly sounds made up. Jim Mcbride,, 15 Sep. 2022 For the past decade, that has looked, frankly, improbable—at least at the pace corporations were going. Andrew Blum, Time, 15 Sep. 2022 And, frankly, the Cowboys struggled mightily even in Prescott’s three-and-a-half healthy quarters. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2022 The returns have, frankly, stunned other NBA executives. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of frankly

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Sep 2022

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“Frankly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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