Adjective "frank" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Open, honest, and direct in speech or writing, especially when dealing with unpalatable matters.
  1. 'to be perfectly frank, I don't know'
  2. 'For the most part, the discussions were frank and open.'
  3. 'Would you rather me lie and lead you into a false sense of security, or be frank and honest?'
  4. 'The age-old mindset seems to be that nothing but instability and drama can result from a frank statement about such matters.'
  5. 'We need to deal with the substance of the issue and I think we had a very blunt and frank discussion.'
  6. 'The body language was frank, honest and absolutely perfect.'
  7. 'I am trying not to be political in this treatise; I am trying to be frank, honest, perhaps a bit funny.'
  8. 'Without these, it was difficult to engage in open and frank discussions of professional matters.'
  9. 'In general, focus group discussions consisted of honest, open and frank opinions of what the students thought about the class.'
  10. 'His honest and frank statement revealed the physical and mental turmoil he has endured of late as he has strained every sinew in an attempt to reach peak fitness again after three operations on his right knee.'
  11. 'Thank you very much for being frank and honest without being cruel.'
  12. 'I want to be as frank and sincere as possible in trying to address what I believe are some of the fundamental problems and what I think some of the possible solutions to them could be.'
  13. 'It was accepted by the court that the use of this type of evidence would deter witnesses from frank cooperation in inquiries if they were aware of the future use that this evidence might be put to.'
  14. 'They can't do that if you have not been frank and honest with them.'
  15. 'The young pro-reform forces admire his righteous, sincere and frank personality which makes him fearless in the face of authority and willing to speak for disadvantaged groups.'
  16. 'I believe that there is no reason for a frank, sincere government to be blindsided or oppressed, if it's willing to communicate in a rational, humble and practical way.'
  17. 'The painting is clear and frank, far removed from the idealised picture of a woman that might have been expected.'
  18. 'She noticed that Pamela was watching a passing village with frank wonder.'
  19. 'frank ulceration'
  20. 'On examination, a frank abscess was not seen, and she was admitted for intravenous antibiotic treatment.'
  21. 'Typical findings include spiculation of the mucosa, spasm, abscess, or evidence of frank perforation.'


A member of a Germanic people that conquered Gaul in the 6th century and controlled much of western Europe for several centuries afterwards.
  1. 'It seems much less likely that these different origins were linked to any ethnic distinction between the Franks and the Lombards.'
  2. 'By the seventh century, the Franks were one of the dominant forces of western Europe.'
  3. 'After the fall of the Western Roman Empire the Franks and Ostrogoths kept up the tradition.'
  4. 'By 924 the Franks were forced to grant the Danes the districts of Bayeux, Exmes and Sees, and in 933 the Cotenin and Avranchin.'
  5. 'It lost most of its monasteries and was not much of a prize when a Viking came to the King of the West Franks in 911 with a proposal.'
  6. 'With Aleppo and Mosul under his control, Saladin could finally turn his attention to the Franks.'
  7. 'Between the fourth and eighth centuries A.D., most of both portions were conquered by the Franks.'
  8. 'The Franks and other Germanic tribes were never absorbed into the Roman world, rather, they added a Germanic impression to that world.'
  9. 'The northern tongue was influenced by Frankish, the Germanic language of the Franks, who gave their name to both France and French.'
  10. 'The Franks likewise suffered many casualties and were able to loot the camp but not to pursue the enemy beyond the battlefield.'


1. direct and unreserved in speech; straightforward; sincere: Her criticism of my work was frank but absolutely fair.

2. without inhibition or subterfuge; direct; undisguised: a frank appeal for financial aid.

3. Pathology. unmistakable; clinically evident: frank blood.

4. Archaic. liberal or generous.

5. Obsolete. free. noun

6. a signature or mark affixed by special privilege to a letter, package, or the like to ensure its transmission free of c

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be frank with people."

"sessions can be frank of authorities."

"people can be frank in things."

"people can be frank in evidences."

"people can be frank as people."

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(frank)Old English Franca, of Germanic origin; perhaps from the name of a weapon and related to Old English franca ‘javelin’ (compare with Saxon); reinforced in Middle English by medieval Latin Francus and Old French Franc, of the same origin and related to French.