Frank vs Francis - What's the difference?

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Frank is a related term of francis.


As adjectives the difference between frank and francis

is that frank is honest, especially in an manner that seems slightly blunt; candid; not reserved or disguised while francis is .

As a noun frank

is (uncountable) free postage, a right exercised by governments (usually with definite article) or frank can be a hot dog or sausage or frank can be (uk) the grey heron or frank can be a pigsty.

As a verb frank

is to place a frank on an envelope or frank can be to shut up in a frank or sty; to pen up; hence, to cram; to fatten.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

frank

English

(wikipedia frank)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) , in turn from the name of an early Germanic confederation, the Franks .

Adjective

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

    Noun

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

    (en verb)
  • 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?
  • To exempt from charge for postage, as a letter, package, or packet, etc.
  • To send by public conveyance free of expense.
  • (Charles Dickens)

    Etymology 2

    Shortened form of frankfurter.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A hot dog or sausage.
  • Buy a package of franks for the barbecue.
  • * {{quote-video
  • , year = 1978 , title = , people = (Jackie Cooper) , role = (Perry White) , passage = I want the name of this flying whatchamacallit to go with the Daily Planet like bacon and eggs, franks and beans, death and taxes, politics and corruption! }}
    Synonyms
    * frankfurt * frankfurter
    See also
    * sav * savaloy

    Etymology 3

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (UK) the grey heron.
  • Etymology 4

    (etyl) franc.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A pigsty.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To shut up in a frank or sty; to pen up; hence, to cram; to fatten.
  • (Shakespeare)
    ----

    francis

    English

    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • * ~1591 William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet : Act V, Scene III:
  • Saint Francis be my speed! how oft tonight / Have my old feet stumbled at graves!
  • * 1820 , Names , The Indicator, No. XVIII, February 9th, 1820:
  • Francis is one of the pleasantest names in use. It has a fine open air with it, - a sound correspondent to its sense.
  • * 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.