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What does frank mean?
Frank is used to describe something that is honest and straightforward, especially in speech, as in The fashion show judge gave frank criticism to every contestant, even if they didn’t want it.
Frank can also be used to describe something that is direct and undisguised, as in My teacher was frank with me, saying bluntly that I had failed the course.
Although used rarely, frank also refers to a mark put on letters or packages to signal they should be shipped for free. In the United States, franks are reserved for members of Congress and other high-ranking government officials.
Frank can be used as a verb to mean to mark the mail as special, as in The post office has strict rules when it comes to franking mail for free delivery.
Related to this sense, frank can mean to give free passage to a person, as in The diplomat was franked through the military checkpoint.
Example: The ballet teacher’s advice was frank, but the blunt criticism was very helpful to the rising star.
Where does frank come from?
The first records of frank come from around 1250. It comes from the Late Latin francus, meaning “free.” Interestingly, this word comes from the Germanic Franks, a group of Germanic peoples who lived in what is now Germany and France around 400. The name of the modern country of France is based on the name of these peoples.
In the most commonly used meaning today, frank means someone is freely stating something or metaphorically freeing something by not hiding it.
Frank is used similarly to words like blunt, open, candid, and outspoken. These words often mean a person is being honest even when it is rude to do so or when the truth is going to hurt. Typically, you will hear phrases like “I’m going to be frank with you” or “To be frank …” when someone wants to warn you that they are about to share an honest—and most likely unpleasant—opinion or fact.
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How is frank used in real life?
The word frank is often used when someone is giving their honest, forthright opinion. You might use frank to warn that your opinion will be unpopular.
Let's be frank: If the Dolphins loved Dobbins, they would have parted with one of their 900 third-day picks to get him.
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) April 25, 2020
My wife thinks I over-analyse our marriage, which, to be frank completely contradicts the findings of my report.
— Moose Allain Ꙭ (@MooseAllain) January 27, 2020
To be frank, the last year and half was not easy. But things change just like people and I’m glad to be where I’m at. In that time I’ve worked on music and this is one of the songs I refined during that time. Hope anyone who finds it enjoys it, full song in my bio pic.twitter.com/ePgK1q9kH8
— adrian (@daydreamso) June 1, 2021
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Rather than downplay the disaster, the mayor made frank statements that honestly detailed the damage from the tornado.
How to use frank in a sentence
This is a private conversation with experts and adoptive parents for a frank discussion about the process, needs and how their lives have changed by adopting.
As some in person meetings are beginning to resume, attendees say that aside from picking the location and setting a time to meet, frank discussions about the coronavirus are now part of the mix.‘Safe and healthy’: As in person meetings resume, business execs are having the coronavirus ‘talk’|Kristina Monllos|September 4, 2020|Digiday
To be frank, landing pages live separately from your initial website.Studying the anatomy of a successful high-conversion landing page|Yasmine Dehimi|June 22, 2020|Search Engine Watch
The second monkey, I’ll dub him “Frank,” only got his sip of juice when he looked at the first target object.How Scientists Influenced Monkeys’ Decisions Using Ultrasound in Their Brains|Shelly Fan|May 27, 2020|Singularity Hub
I’ve written a book to try to explain my perspectives, and I hope people will say that it’s a frank and reasonable effort, and some important things change for the better.
A Wall Street person should not be allowed to help oversee the Dodd-Frank reforms.
Indeed, as an almost purely advisory firm, Lazard is (appropriately) barely affected by the Dodd-Frank reforms.
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|James Higdon|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The housing bubble was at very the center of the financial crisis that birthed Dodd-Frank.
Think about it: Dodd-Frank was explicitly passed to drive a stake through the heart of the implicit concept of “too big to fail.”
Miss Thangue sat forward with the frank curiosity of the Englishwoman when inspecting a foreign specimen.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
Bidding a young bank manager take charge of the detachment, Frank led the newcomer rapidly to headquarters.
To save his faithful servant Frank wheeled Nejdi, and cut down a native who was lunging at Chumru with a bayonet.
If you were to have a frank explanation with her, Blanche would very soon throw Jim Crow out of the window.Confidence|Henry James
Frank loosened his sword from its fastenings and took a revolver in his left hand, in which he also held the reins.