brank

[ brangk ]
/ bræŋk /
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verb (used without object)

to hold up and toss the head, as a horse when spurning the bit or prancing.
to bridle; restrain.

Nearby words

  1. brandywine,
  2. branford,
  3. brangle,
  4. brangus,
  5. branhamella,
  6. branks,
  7. branle,
  8. brannigan,
  9. branny,
  10. branson

Origin of brank

1500–50; (def 1) of uncertain origin; possibly related to German prangen “to adorn oneself, brag”; compare Middle High German brangen, brankieren; possibly 1550-1600; (def 2) of uncertain origin; probably a back formation from Scots branks “a bridle for restraining a scold”

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