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Origin uncertain.


franion (plural franions)

  1. (obsolete) A cheerful, frivolous person, a silly man; a loose woman.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, London: William Ponsonbie, Book II, Canto 2, p. 215,[1]
      First by her side did sitt the bold Sansloy,
      Fitt mate for such a mincing mineon,
      Who in her loosenesse tooke exceeding ioy;
      Might not be found a francker franion,
      Of her leawd parts to make companion:
    • 1595, George Peele, The Old Wives’ Tale, The Malone Society Reprints, 1908, lines 12-14,[2]
      [] as I am frollicke franion, never in all my life was I so dead slaine.
    • 1830, Charles Lamb, “Going or Gone” in Album Verses, with a few others, London: Edward Moxon, p. 75,[3]
      Fine merry franions,
      Wanton companions,
      My days are ev’n banyans
      With thinking upon ye;