- frankfrank1 [fraŋk]adj.[ME < OFr franc, free, frank < ML francus < LL Francus, a Frank, hence free man (i.e., member of the ruling race in Gaul) < Gmc * Frank (> OHG Franco) < ? or akin to * franco, a spear, javelin > OE franca, ON frakka]1. Archaic free in giving; generous2. open and honest in expressing what one thinks or feels; straightforward; candid3. free from reserve, disguise, or guile; clearly evident; plain [showing frank distaste]vt.1.a) to send (mail) free of postage, as by virtue of an official positionb) to mark (mail) as with one's signature so that it can be sent freec) to put a stamp on or meter (mail) to prepay postage2. to make easy the passage of (a person); allow to pass freelyn.1. the privilege of sending mail free2. a mark, signature, or stamp on mail for, or in place of, postage3. an envelope, etc. that has been frankedfranknessn.SYN.- FRANK1 applies to a person, remark, etc. that is free or blunt in expressing the truth or an opinion, unhampered by conventional reticence [a frank criticism ]; CANDID implies a basic honesty that makes deceit or evasion impossible, sometimes to the embarrassment of the listener [a candid opinion ]; OPEN implies a lack of concealment and often connotes an ingenuous quality [her open admiration for him ]; OUTSPOKEN suggests a lack of restraint or reserve in speech, esp. when reticence might be preferable☆ frank2 [fraŋk ]n.Informal a frankfurter
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.