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EnglishEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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

AdjectiveEdit

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.
    • Spenser
      It is of frank gift.
  4. (obsolete) Liberal; generous; profuse.
    • L'Estrange
      Frank of civilities that cost them nothing.
  5. (obsolete, derogatory) Unrestrained; loose; licentious.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

frank (plural franks)

  1. (uncountable) Free postage, a right exercised by governments (usually with definite article).
    • Cowper
      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.

VerbEdit

 
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?)

TranslationsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Shortened form of frankfurter.

 
A frank on a bun.

NounEdit

frank (plural franks)

  1. A hot dog or sausage.
    Synonyms: frankfurt, frankfurter
    Buy a package of franks for the barbecue.
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Etymology 3Edit

NounEdit

frank (plural franks)

  1. (Britain) the grey heron.

Etymology 4Edit

From Old French franc.

NounEdit

frank (plural franks)

  1. A pigsty.

VerbEdit

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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)

CzechEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

frank m

  1. franc

Further readingEdit

  • frank in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • frank in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

EstonianEdit

EtymologyEdit

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NounEdit

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

  1. franc

DeclensionEdit

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PolishEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

frank m anim

  1. franc

Usage notesEdit

Unqualified modern usage typically refers to the Swiss franc.

DeclensionEdit