What does frank mean?

Definitions for frank
fræŋk, frɑŋkfrank

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Franknoun

    a member of the ancient Germanic peoples who spread from the Rhine into the Roman Empire in the 4th century

  2. frank, frankfurter, hotdog, hot dog, dog, wiener, wienerwurst, weenieadjective

    a smooth-textured sausage of minced beef or pork usually smoked; often served on a bread roll

  3. blunt, candid, forthright, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulderadjective

    characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion

    "blunt talking and straight shooting"; "a blunt New England farmer"; "I gave them my candid opinion"; "forthright criticism"; "a forthright approach to the problem"; "tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank"; "it is possible to be outspoken without being rude"; "plainspoken and to the point"; "a point-blank accusation"

  4. frankverb

    clearly manifest; evident

    "frank enjoyment"

  5. postmark, frankverb

    stamp with a postmark to indicate date and time of mailing

  6. frankverb

    exempt by means of an official pass or letter, as from customs or other checks


  1. Franknoun

    The privilege of sending letters or other mail matter, free of postage, or without charge; also, the sign, mark, or signature denoting that a letter or other mail matter is to go free of postage. Called also the franking privilege.


  1. franknoun

    the grey heron.

  2. Etymology: Shortened form of frankfurter.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FRANKadjective

    Etymology: franc, French.

    The moister sorts of trees yield little moss, which is for the reason of the frank putting up of the sap into the boughs. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    They were left destitute, either by narrow provision, or by their frank hearts and their open hands, and their charity towards others. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    ’Tis the ordinary practice of the world to be frank of civilities that cost them nothing. Roger L'Estrange.

    Thou hast it won; for it is of frank gift,
    And he will care for all the rest to shift. Hubberd’s Tale.

    Might not be found a franker franion. Edmund Spenser.

  2. Franknoun

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Where sups here? Doth the old boar feed in the old frank? William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    You’ll have immediately, by several franks, my epistle to lord Cobham. Alexander Pope, to Swift.

  3. To Frankverb

    1.To shut up in a frank or sty. Thomas Hanmer

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Tell Richmond this from me,
    That in the sty of this most bloody boar,
    My son George Stanly is frank’d up in hold:
    If I revolt, off goes young George’s head. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    My lord Orrery writes to you to-morrow; and you see I send this under his cover, or at least franked by him. Jonathan Swift.

    Gazettes sent gratis down, and frank’d,
    For which thy patron’s weekly thank’d. Alexander Pope.


  1. frank

    Frank, when used as an adjective, generally refers to a person who is open, honest, and direct in their speech or expression. It describes someone who does not hide their thoughts or opinions, often speaking plainly and without hesitation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Franknoun

    a pigsty

  2. Frankverb

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

  3. Franknoun

    the common heron; -- so called from its note

  4. Franknoun

    unbounded by restrictions, limitations, etc.; free

  5. Franknoun

    free in uttering one's real sentiments; not reserved; using no disguise; candid; ingenuous; as, a frank nature, conversation, manner, etc

  6. Franknoun

    liberal; generous; profuse

  7. Franknoun

    unrestrained; loose; licentious; -- used in a bad sense

  8. Frankverb

    to send by public conveyance free of expense

  9. Frankverb

    to extempt from charge for postage, as a letter, package, or packet, etc

  10. Frankadjective

    the privilege of sending letters or other mail matter, free of postage, or without charge; also, the sign, mark, or signature denoting that a letter or other mail matter is to free of postage

  11. Frankadjective

    a member of one of the German tribes that in the fifth century overran and conquered Gaul, and established the kingdom of France

  12. Frankadjective

    a native or inhabitant of Western Europe; a European; -- a term used in the Levant

  13. Frankadjective

    a French coin. See Franc

  14. Etymology: [See Frank, a.]


  1. Frank

    Frank was the girl group from Channel 4's comedy drama series Totally Frank. Frank consisted of lead singer Lauren Blake, guitarist Bryony Afferson, keyboard player Helena Dowling and drummer Hayley Angel Wardle. In the show Totally Frank, the girls played fictional characters Tasha, Charlie, Flo and Neve. The band used their real names outside of the show. Their debut single "I'm Not Shy" was released on 31 July 2006 and reached #40 in the UK Singles Chart. Their debut album Devil's Got Your Gold was released on 7 August 2006. The album featured tracks from the television show including "Money In My Pocket", "Never Left A Girl", "Silence", "Don't Wait Up", "All I Ever Do", the second series theme tune; "Turn It Up", and the first series theme tune "Complicated". New tracks included "If The Devil's Got Your Gold", "Wake Up" and "Palm Of Your Hand". Their song, "I'm Not Shy" was featured in a comedy sketch on the show TittyBangBang on BBC Three. The promo album sampler for Frank featured three tracks, "I'm Not Shy", "Turn It Up" and "Never Left A Girl". Frank supported fellow girl group Girls Aloud on their 2006 Chemistry Tour of England and Scotland.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Frank

    frangk, adj. free, open: (obs.) liberal: open or candid in expression: (Spens.) unrestrained.—v.t. to send free of expense, as a letter.—n. the signature of a person who had the right to frank a letter.—n. Frank′-fee, a species of tenure in fee-simple, the opposite of copyhold.—adv. Frank′ly, candidly: (obs.) gratuitously.—ns. Frank′ness; Frank′-pledge, a system of mutual suretyship by which the members of a tithing were made responsible for one another; Frank′-ten′ement, freehold. [O. Fr. franc—Low L. francus—Old High Ger. Franko, one of the tribe called Franks, a free man.]

  2. Frank

    frangk, n. one of the German tribes from Franconia who conquered Gaul in the 5th century, and founded France: the name given in the East to a native of Western Europe.—adj. Frank′ish.

  3. Frank

    frangk, n. (Shak.) a pig-sty.—v.t. (Shak.) to shut up in a sty, to cram, to fatten. [O. Fr. franc.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. frank

    The large fish-eating heron of our lakes and pools.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FRANK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Frank is ranked #499 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Frank surname appeared 67,304 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 23 would have the surname Frank.

    84.5% or 56,899 total occurrences were White.
    7.9% or 5,357 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 1,804 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 1,501 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.6% or 1,077 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 666 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'frank' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2823

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'frank' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2345

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of frank in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of frank in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of frank in a Sentence

  1. Manuel Pellegrini:

    The decision with Frank Lampard will be the same if we continue in the Champions League or if we don’t continue in the Champions League. We have the whole month of December to decide.

  2. Alina Antropova:

    I’m extremely grateful for the HCC tutoring center for being my home on campus, frank Johnson [of the English department] was the best boss … The tutors have been amazing colleagues.

  3. Ayman Safadi:

    I look forward to a frank discussion to discuss how to arrive at a ceasefire as soon as possible.

  4. Patricia Clarkson:

    We have beautiful showrunners, Frank [Pugliese] and Melissa [Gibson], and they killed themselves to rethink the whole show.

  5. Toni Gross:

    Craig said. The family made the sudden 1,000-mile trip from Tampa, Florida, to Dover Air Force Base to accept his body in person. Frank Gross with his father Craig; Frank was killed in 2011 by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan (Fox News) Toni said: That was such a dark time of our life. Although it was one of their lowest lows, there was support -- thanks to the Fisher House and the organization behind it. The Fisher Foundation helps military families around the country whose loved ones are in the hospital. In all, the non-profit has helped more than 300,000 families since 1990 by donating 58 houses across the country and in Germany and the United Kingdom. But the house at Dover Air Force Base was built specifically for families whose loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifice. Frank Gross with his mother Toni, who has been volunteering at Fisher House (Fox News) That, I think, was the most important Fisher House that we've ever built said Ken Fisher, Fisher House Foundation chairman and CEO. We believe in the power of family. We believe in, obviously, bringing the plight of the military family to light. This house is run by members of the Air Force — including house manager, technical sergeant Dorothy Whitfield. This house is their safe haven while they are here at Dover for their short stay, Whitfield said. The house has a fully stocked kitchen, multiple bedrooms, and a living room full of toys to make the family's hardest day somewhat easier. Whitfield said: If they're are sad and they want to cry, we're right there with them and we'll cry with them. Years after the Gross’ visit, the Fisher House is still making an impact on the family’s lives. Toni began volunteering. I just knew that I needed to give back and encourage others. I also knew that by giving back my spirit would be lifted.

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