frank
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /fɹæŋk/
Adjective

frank (comparative franker, superlative frankest)

  1. honest, especially in a manner that seems slightly blunt; candid; not reserved or disguised.
    May I be frank with you?
  2. (medicine) unmistakable, clinically obvious, self-evident
    The research probes whether treating pre-diabetes with metformin can prevent progression to frank diabetes.
  3. (obsolete) Unbounded by restrictions, limitations, etc.; free.
    • It is of frank gift.
  4. (obsolete) Liberal; generous; profuse.
    • Frank of civilities that cost them nothing.
  5. (obsolete, derogatory) Unrestrained; loose; licentious.
Translations Noun

frank (plural franks)

  1. (uncountable) Free postage, a right exercised by governments (usually with definite article).
    • I have said so much, that, if I had not a frank, I must burn my letter and begin again.
  2. (countable) The notice on an envelope where a stamp would normally be found.
Verb

frank (franks, present participle franking; past and past participle franked)

  1. To place a frank on an envelope.
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, chapter 20
      It will be so ridiculous to see all his letters directed to him with an M.P.—But do you know, he says, he will never frank for me?
  2. To exempt from charge for postage, as a letter, package, or packet, etc.
  3. To send by public conveyance free of expense.
Noun

frank (plural franks)

  1. A hot dog or sausage.
    Synonyms: frankfurt, frankfurter
    Buy a package of franks for the barbecue.
Related terms
  • cocktail frank
Noun

frank (plural franks)

  1. (UK) The grey heron.
Noun

frank (plural franks)

  1. A pigsty.
Verb

frank (franks, present participle franking; past and past participle franked)

  1. To shut up in a frank or sty; to pen up; hence, to cram; to fatten.

Frank
Pronunciation Noun

frank (plural franks)

  1. One of the Franks, a Germanic federation that inhabited parts of what are now France, the Low Countries and Germany.
Related terms Translations Proper noun
  1. A male given name.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The Merry VViues of VVindsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
      Mrs. Ford. How now, sweet Frank! why art thou melancholy?
  2. A male given name
    • 1996 Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes, HarperCollins, ISBN 0 00 649840 X, Chapter VII, page 197:
      Your name is Francis, is it?
      Frank, sir.
      Your name is Francis. There was never a St. Frank. That's a name for gangsters and politicians.
  3. Surname
Translations


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