plainness of speech; candor; openness.

Origin of frankness

First recorded in 1545–55; frank1 + -ness
Related formspre·frank·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for frankness

candor, honesty, sincerity, ingenuousness

Examples from the Web for frankness

Contemporary Examples of frankness

Historical Examples of frankness

  • "Count me in, please," said Blanche, in her usual vein of frankness.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • "And that's a lie," Gene amended, with the frankness of a foster-brother.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • Mr Dorrit could erect no—hum—suspicion of that kind on Mr Gowan's frankness.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • The Abb was pleased with the idea, and with the frankness and firmness of our young hero.

  • You complimented me on my frankness, you know,' he added, laughing.

Word Origin and History for frankness

1550s, from frank (adj.) + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper