From (etyl) , in turn from the name of an early Germanic confederation, the Franks .
honest, especially in an manner that seems slightly blunt; candid; not reserved or disguised.
(medicine) unmistakable, clinically obvious, self-evident
- May I be frank with you?
(obsolete) Unbounded by restrictions, limitations, etc.; free.
- The research probes whether treating pre-diabetes with metformin can prevent progression to frank diabetes.
(obsolete) Liberal; generous; profuse.
- It is of frank gift.
(obsolete, derogatory) Unrestrained; loose; licentious.
- Frank of civilities that cost them nothing.
(uncountable) Free postage, a right exercised by governments (usually with definite article).
(countable) The notice on an envelope where a stamp would normally be found.
- I have said so much, that, if I had not a frank , I must burn my letter and begin again.
To place a frank on an envelope.
* 1811 , Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility , chapter 20
To exempt from charge for postage, as a letter, package, or packet, etc.
To send by public conveyance free of expense.
- 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?
- (Charles Dickens)
Shortened form of frankfurter.
A hot dog or sausage.
- Buy a package of franks for the barbecue.
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(UK) the grey heron.
To shut up in a frank or sty; to pen up; hence, to cram; to fatten.
(en proper noun
* ~1591 William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet : Act V, Scene III:
* 1820 , Names , The Indicator, No. XVIII, February 9th, 1820:
- Saint Francis be my speed! how oft tonight / Have my old feet stumbled at graves!
* 2006 (Kate Atkinson), One Good Turn , Black Swan(2007), ISBN 9780552772440, page 454:
*:Francis had never been 'Frank' or 'Fran', he had always been called by his full name. It had lent him a certain dignity that he had possibly never earned.
, a rare spelling variant of Frances.
A ghost town in Nebraska.
A town in Saskatchewan, Canada.
A town in Utah.
- Francis is one of the pleasantest names in use. It has a fine open air with it, - a sound correspondent to its sense.