rank

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[ rangk ]
/ ræŋk /
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adjective, rank·er, rank·est.


Nearby words

  1. ranikhet disease,
  2. ranine,
  3. ranine artery,
  4. ranitidine,
  5. ranjit singh,
  6. rank and file,
  7. rank scale,
  8. rank, otto,
  9. rank-and-filer,
  10. ranke

Origin of rank

2
before 1000; Middle English; Old English ranc bold, proud; cognate with Old Norse rakkr straight, bold

SYNONYMS FOR rank
Related formsrank·ish, adjectiverank·ly, adverbrank·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for rankly

Rank

noun

(ræŋk) J (oseph) Arthur, 1st Baron. 1888–1972, British industrialist and film executive, whose companies dominated the British film industry in the 1940s and 1950s
(German raŋk) Otto (ˈɔto). 1884–1939, Austrian psychoanalyst, noted for his theory that the trauma of birth may be reflected in certain forms of mental illness

rank

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/ (ræŋk) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for rank

C16: from Old French ranc row, rank, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German hring circle

rank

2
/ (ræŋk) /

adjective

showing vigorous and profuse growthrank weeds
highly offensive or disagreeable, esp in smell or taste
(prenominal) complete or absolute; uttera rank outsider
coarse or vulgar; grosshis language was rank
Derived Formsrankly, adverbrankness, noun

Word Origin for rank

Old English ranc straight, noble; related to Old Norse rakkr upright, Dutch, Swedish rank tall and thin, weak

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Word Origin and History for rankly
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Idioms and Phrases with rankly

rank

In addition to the idiom beginning with rank

  • rank and file

also see:

  • break ranks
  • close ranks
  • pull rank
  • rise through the ranks
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