adjective, frank·er, frank·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of frank1
Synonyms for frank
Antonyms for frank
Origin of frank2
Origin of Frank1
Related Words for frankreal, natural, bold, familiar, straight, blunt, direct, free, brazen, plain, upright, open, heart-to-heart, aboveboard, apparent, artless, candid, downright, easy, flat-out
Examples from the Web for frank
Contemporary Examples of frank
As he drove me back to the logging road, Frank told me about the area in his deep voice.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods
January 7, 2015
On the day of the AFI dinner, Hitchcock receives a wire from Frank Capra, who is in Palm Springs.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Those services will remain untouched by the current suit, according to City Attorney spokesman Frank Manteljan.Days Are Numbered for Nestdrop, LA’s ‘Uber for Weed’
December 6, 2014
Miyazaki is frank in his interviews with Sunada, whom he allows to tag along to his studio, his garden, and his private atelier.
And when asked whether he worries about Studio Ghibli after he and Takahata retire, Miyazaki is frank.
Historical Examples of frank
How's it come you didn't have a Western Union frank this year?
The old man was looking at her with frank and friendly apology for his intrusion.
He was ashamed, and determined to make amends by a frank confession.
His frank, familiar manner made him a favorite on shipboard.
"That's right, to own up," said Robert, favorably impressed with his frank confession.
Word Origin for frank
Word Origin for Frank
c.1300, "free, liberal, generous," from Old French franc "free (not servile), sincere, genuine, open, gracious; worthy" (12c.), from Medieval Latin Franc "a freeman, a Frank" (see Frank). The connection is that only Franks, as the conquering class, had the status of freemen. Sense of "outspoken" first recorded in English 1540s.
short for frankfurter, by 1916, American English. Franks and beans attested by 1953.
one of the Germanic people that conquered Celtic Gaul from the Romans c.500 C.E. and made it into France, from Frankish *Frank (cf. Old High German Franko, Old English Franca). The origin of the ethnic name is uncertain; it traditionally is said to be from the old Germanic word *frankon "javelin, lance" (cf. Old English franca), their preferred weapon, but the reverse may be the case. Cf. also Saxon, traditionally from root of Old English seax "knife." In the Levant, this was the name given to anyone of Western nationality (cf. Feringhee).
"to free a letter for carriage or an article for publication," 1708, from shortened form of French affranchir, from the same source as frank (adj.). Related: Franked; franking.