frank frank (fr[a^][ng]k), a. [Compar. {franker} (fr[a^][ng]k"[~e]r); superl. {frankest}.] [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.] 1. Unbounded by restrictions, limitations, etc.; free. [R.] ``It is of frank gift.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. Free in uttering one's real sentiments; not reserved; using no disguise; candid; ingenuous; as, a frank nature, conversation, manner, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. Liberal; generous; profuse. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Frank of civilities that cost them nothing. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

4. Unrestrained; loose; licentious; -- used in a bad sense. --Spenser.

Syn: Ingenuous; candid; artless; plain; open; unreserved; undisguised; sincere. See {Candid}, {Ingenuous}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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