- to hold up and toss the head, as a horse when spurning the bit or prancing.
- to bridle; restrain.
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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Examples from the Web for brank
We are indebted to Mr. Alfred Burton for a drawing of the Macclesfield brank.
Kirkham had its brank for scolds, in addition to a ducking-stool.
At the north country town of Morpeth a brank is still preserved.
The brank was put over the head, and was fastened with a padlock.Ten Thousand Wonderful Things
Edmund Fillingham King
No specimens of the "brank" are known to exist in Ireland or Wales.Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles
Daniel Hack Tuke