frankly
adverb Date: 1537 1. in a frank manner <
spoke frankly
>
2. in truth ; indeed <
frankly, I don't know
>
Usage: see hopefully

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Frankly — Frank ly, adv. In a frank manner; freely. [1913 Webster] Very frankly he confessed his treasons. Shak. Syn: Openly; ingenuously; plainly; unreservedly; undisguisedly; sincerely; candidly; artlessly; freely; readily; unhesitatingly; liberally;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frankly — [fraŋk′lē] adv. 1. in a frank manner 2. in truth; to be frank [frankly, he s a bore] …   English World dictionary

  • frankly — 1530s, from FRANK (Cf. frank) (adj.) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • frankly — [adv] very honestly bluntly, candidly, dead level*, dead on*, directly, forthrightly, freely, from the hip*, in truth, laid on the line*, level, on the level*, on the line*, openly, plainly, straight, straightforwardly, without reserve; concept… …   New thesaurus

  • frankly — ► ADVERB 1) in a frank manner. 2) to be frank …   English terms dictionary

  • frankly — frank|ly S3 [ˈfræŋkli] adv 1.) used to show that you are saying what you really think about something ▪ Frankly, I think the Internet is overrated. ▪ His behaviour was frankly disgraceful. 2.) honestly and directly ▪ She answered all our… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • frankly — frank|ly [ fræŋkli ] adverb * 1. ) MAINLY SPOKEN used for emphasizing that what you are about to say is your honest opinion, even though the person you are talking to might not like it: Frankly, I couldn t care less what he thinks. quite frankly …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • frankly — [[t]fræ̱ŋkli[/t]] ADV GRADED: ADV with cl, ADV adj/ ed (emphasis) You use frankly when you are expressing an opinion or feeling to emphasize that you mean what you are saying, especially when the person you are speaking to may not like it. → See… …   English dictionary

  • frankly */ — UK [ˈfræŋklɪ] / US adverb 1) used for emphasizing that what you are about to say is your honest opinion, even though the person you are talking to might not like it Frankly, I couldn t care less what he thinks. quite frankly: The chocolate mousse …   English dictionary

  • frankly — adverb a) in a frank, open or (too) honest manner. He spoke frankly about the economy. b) In truth, to tell the truth. Frankly, my dear, I dont give a damn …   Wiktionary

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