frank

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Middle English, from Old French franc (free), in turn from the name of an early Germanic confederation, the Franks.

Adjective[edit]

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.
  4. (obsolete) Liberal; generous; profuse.
  5. (obsolete, derogatory) Unrestrained; loose; licentious.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)

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Noun[edit]

frank (plural franks)

  1. (uncountable) Free postage, a right exercised by governments (usually with definite article).
    • October 5, 1780, William Cowper, letter to Rev. William Unwin
      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[edit]

US franking mark

frank (third-person singular simple present franks, present participle franking, simple 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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Charles Dickens to this entry?)

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Etymology 2[edit]

Shortened form of frankfurter.

A frank on a bun.

Noun[edit]

frank (plural franks)

  1. A hot dog or sausage.
    Synonyms: frankfurt, frankfurter
    Buy a package of franks for the barbecue.
    • 1978, Superman: The Movie, spoken by Perry White (Jackie Cooper):
      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!
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Etymology 3[edit]

Noun[edit]

frank (plural franks)

  1. (Britain) The grey heron.

Etymology 4[edit]

From Old French franc.

Noun[edit]

frank (plural franks)

  1. A pigsty.

Verb[edit]

frank (third-person singular simple present franks, present participle franking, simple past and past participle franked)

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

Czech[edit]

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frank m

  1. franc (former currency of France and some other countries)
  2. franc (any of several units of currency such as Swiss franc)

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Dutch[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch vranc.

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frank (comparative franker, superlative frankst)

  1. frank, candid, blunt, open-hearted
  2. (dated) cheeky, brazen

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of frank
uninflected frank
inflected franke
comparative franker
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial frank franker het frankst
het frankste
indefinite m./f. sing. franke frankere frankste
n. sing. frank franker frankste
plural franke frankere frankste
definite franke frankere frankste
partitive franks frankers

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Estonian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

frank (genitive [please provide], partitive [please provide])

  1. franc

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German franc, from Old French franc (free), of Germanic but eventually uncertain origin.

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frank (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) frank

Usage notes[edit]

  • Now almost exclusively used in the (also somewhat dated) expression frank und frei.

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Further reading[edit]

  • frank” in Duden online

Polish[edit]

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frank m anim

  1. franc

Usage notes[edit]

Unqualified modern usage typically refers to the Swiss franc.

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