• WordNet 3.6
    • adj frank 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"
    • adj frank clearly manifest; evident "frank enjoyment"
    • v frank exempt by means of an official pass or letter, as from customs or other checks
    • v frank stamp with a postmark to indicate date and time of mailing
    • n frank a smooth-textured sausage of minced beef or pork usually smoked; often served on a bread roll
    • n Frank a member of the ancient Germanic peoples who spread from the Rhine into the Roman Empire in the 4th century
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Sketch Map accompanying "Bulgaria." By Frank Fox.Published by A. & C. Black Ltd., London Sketch Map accompanying "Bulgaria." By Frank Fox.Published by A. & C. Black Ltd., London
Shipwrecked. Engraved by Frank French Shipwrecked. Engraved by Frank French

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first restaurant to open in Hollywood was the Musso & Frank Grill in 1919
    • Frank A French coin. See Franc.
    • Frank (Ethnol) A member of one of the German tribes that in the fifth century overran and conquered Gaul, and established the kingdom of France.
    • Frank A native or inhabitant of Western Europe; a European; -- a term used in the Levant.
    • n Frank A pigsty.
    • frank Free in uttering one's real sentiments; not reserved; using no disguise; candid; ingenuous; as, a frank nature, conversation, manner, etc.
    • frank Liberal; generous; profuse. "Frank of civilities that cost them nothing."
    • n Frank (Zoöl) The common heron; -- so called from its note.
    • n Frank 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 . "I have said so much, that, if I had not a frank , I must burn my letter and begin again."
    • frank To extempt from charge for postage, as a letter, package, or packet, etc.
    • frank To send by public conveyance free of expense.
    • v. t Frank To shut up in a frank or sty; to pen up; hence, to cram; to fatten.
    • frank Unbounded by restrictions, limitations, etc.; free. "It is of frank gift."
    • frank Unrestrained; loose; licentious; -- used in a bad sense.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The cartoon character Popeye was actually based on a real person named Frank "Rocky" Fiegel who was a tough guy who was quite similar to Popeye physically
    • n frank A member of a body of Germanic tribes which coalesced under this name in the third century, and afterward separated into three groups, the Chatti, the Ripuarian Franks, and the Salian or Salic Franks. The Ripuarians dwelt along the Rhine, near Cologne. The Salians occupied the country on the lower Rhine, and in the fifth century, under Clovis. overthrew the Roman power in Gaul, founded the Merovingian Frankish monarchy, and gave origin to the name France.
    • n frank [A readoption of the Oriental form of the European name Frank, originating at the time of the crusades, when the Franks that is, the French, and by extension the other nations of western Europe) became familiar to the Turks, Arabs, etc. See Feringee.] A European of the western nations: a common designation among the Turks, Arabs, and other Oriental peoples for any western foreigner.
    • frank Free; open; unrestrained; unconditioned.
    • frank Liberal; generous; not niggardly.
    • frank Free from disguise or concealment; candid in utterance; sincere and unreserved in manner: as, a frank disposition; a frank avowal.
    • frank Freely disclosed; clearly manifest; undisguised; indubitable: as, frank ignorance or poverty.
    • frank Unrestrained; using free license.
    • frank Synonyms Open, Ingenuous, etc. (see candid); plain, unreserved, undisguised.
    • frank To send or cause to be sent by public conveyance free of expense: as, to frank a letter. The privilege of franking their own letters through the post, by indorsing their names on them, and also of giving franks to their friends, belonged to the members of the British Parliament from about 1600 till 1840, when it was abolished on the establishment of penny postage. The practically unlimited franking privilege formerly enjoyed by members of the United States Congress and many officers of government was abolished in 1873; but provision was afterward made for the free transmission of mail-matter relating to official business, by the use of special envelops, etc.
    • frank Hence To facilitate the passage or movements of; give the right of way to, as a traveler.
    • frank In carpentry, to form the joint of, as that of a window-sash where the crosspieces of the frame intersect each other, by cutting away no more wood than is sufficient to show a miter.
    • n frank The signature or indorsement of a person holding the privilege of franking mail-matter, written or impressed on the wrapper in token of the right of the inclosure to pass free.
    • n frank A letter thus indorsed, sent by mail free of postage.
    • n frank A pigsty; a pen for fattening boars.
    • frank Sty-fed. See I.
    • frank To shut up in a frank or sty: usually with up.
    • frank To feed; cram; fatten.
    • n frank A former spelling of franc.
    • n frank A name of the heron, Ardea cinerea.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Frank Wathernam was the last prisoner to leave Alcatraz prison on March 21, 1963
    • adj Frank frangk free, open: :
    • v.t Frank to send free of expense, as a letter
    • n Frank the signature of a person who had the right to frank a letter
    • n Frank frangk 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
    • n Frank frangk (Shak.) a pig-sty
    • v.t Frank (Shak.) to shut up in a sty, to cram, to fatten
    • adj Frank frangk (obs.) liberal: open or candid in expression
    • adj Frank frangk (Spens.) unrestrained
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  • Henry Kissinger
    “I am being frank about myself in this book. I tell of my first mistake on page 850.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “There is no wisdom like frankness.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    “If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”
  • Mignon McLaughlin
    “It is important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Frank Harris has been received in all the great houses -- once!”
  • Leslie Stephen
    Leslie Stephen
    “Every man who says frankly and fully what he thinks is doing a public service.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. franc, free, frank, L. Francus, a Frank, fr. OHG. Franko, the name of a Germanic people on the Rhine, who afterward founded the French monarchy; cf. AS. franca, javelin, Icel. frakka,. Cf. Franc French (a.) Franchise (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. franc—Low L. francus—Old High Ger. Franko, one of the tribe called Franks, a free man.


In literature:

I'm Frank Olliver, ... Captain Olliver's wife.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
After having partaken of the refreshments, and enjoyed half an hour's conversation, Frank arose and took his leave.
"City Crimes" by Greenhorn
Frank fairly danced with joy.
"The Silver Lining" by John Roussel
What a fellow you are, Frank!
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
Oh, Frank, why can't Congress pass Robot Civil Rights?
"The Love of Frank Nineteen" by David Carpenter Knight
It was she who held in her hands the fate of Skelmersdale and of Frank Wentworth.
"The Perpetual Curate" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
It was not a night like the last one of Frank's former visit; but Frank was reminded of that night all the same.
"The Inglises" by Margaret Murray Robertson
Albert's is already known, but, for reasons, he did not care to express it to Frank at this time.
"Uncle Terry" by Charles Clark Munn
He asked for you and Frank.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
The people of the Polis had risen against the Franks, and the Franks had retaliated by killing everyone they could lay hands upon.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

Loud praises sing, without surcease,
To him that frankly came,
And gave his soul a sacrifice;
Thy Husband was the Lamb.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
Her brow was open, frank, and free,
Half-hid by wealth of tress—
A very Wordsworth's girl was she
For woodland simpleness.
"A Walk To Pamphy Linns" by Alexander Anderson
How can I bathe in the thought--waves of
How, with my nerves on the slant,
Can I perform my poetical duty?
Frankly, I can't.
"How?" by Franklin Pierce Adams
And all the landscape under survey,
At tranquil turns, by nature's rule,
Rides repeated topsyturvy
In frank, in fairy Penmaen Pool.
"Penmaen Pool" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Now don't go and say you'd a dim
Idea of these stories before,
For I've frankly confessed them from Grimm,
The monarch of magical lore:
"Envoi" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
Rose-white in the dusky leaves,
Shone the frank-ey'd Spartan child;
Low the pale doves on the eaves,
Made their soft moan, sweet and wild.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

'Endgame: Bobby Fischer 's Remarkable Rise and Fall' by Frank Brady.
The bocce courts are located at the corner of Frank Avenue and Front Street.
Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith announced the hiring of Rick Carter as assistant coach on Tuesday.
She was born on January 5, 1924 in Susquehanna, PA to the late Frank and Leona (Washburn) Snyder.
It has become a habit that quite frankly, nobody wants to break.
Do This / Music The best Frank Ocean bootleg remix of the day.
Frank Lin, William W Cohen.
Gina Cipriani, from left, swims with Merridith, Celia, Rich and Frank Urbanati at the community pool.
Both the Romney and Obama camps have been working to lower our debate expectations, and according to New York 's Frank Rich, they may be more right than they know.
Frank Addington, Jr of Winfield, West Virginia will be performing instinctive archery exhibitions August 20 and 21 at the Wheeling Cabela's store during their Fall Great Outdoor Days.
Paul Simon kindles memories of Frank Capra's classic 1939 film, Mr Smith Goes to Washington.
He was born Aug 14, 1944, in Mahaffey, a son of the late Frank M and Dorothy Mae (Peace) Bowser .
Christine O'Donnell, seen here in her recent campaign ad, grew up in South Jersey… (Frank Kummer ).
Jennifer Brown /The Star-Ledger Sen Frank Lautenberg is pictured in this file photo.
Werder Bremen 's Frank Baumann, center, scores his side's third goal late in Thursday's game.

In science:

Jo¨elle Despeyroux, Frank Pfenning, and Carsten Sch¨urmann.
From Syntactic Theories to Interpreters: A Specification Language and Its Compilation
Following Frank et al. (1992), we can calculate the magnitude of the angular momentum transfer in terms of a kinematic viscosity .
Is Angular Momentum in an Accretion Disk Transported Inwards?
We are also grateful to Aernout van Enter and Frank Redig for many useful comments and references.
Random walks on FKG-horizontally oriented lattices
However, these studies (beginning with Frank & Noriega-Crespo 1994) modified the equations for infall, thus obtaining a much larger density anisotropy than adopted here.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
Frank & Mellema adopt such a large wind velocity (Vw ≥ 500 km s−1 ) that the infall ram pressure is overwhelmed.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout