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- In a frank or candid manner, especially in a way that may seem too open, excessively honest, or slightly blunt.
- He spoke frankly about the economy.
- 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter III, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384:
- She was frankly disappointed. For some reason she had thought to discover a burglar of one or another accepted type—either a dashing cracksman in full-blown evening dress, lithe, polished, pantherish, or a common yegg, a red-eyed, unshaven burly brute in the rags and tatters of a tramp.
- (sentence adverb) In truth, to tell the truth.
- Most of what they said was, frankly, a pack of lies.
- 1939, Gone with the Wind, spoken by Rhett Butler (Clark Gable):
- Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
- (manner): candidly, forthcomingly, honestly, truthfully; bluntly; see also Thesaurus:honestly
- (sentence adverb): as a matter of fact, truth to tell; see also Thesaurus:actually
in a frank, open or (too) honest manner
(sentence adverb) In truth, to tell the truth