9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[frangk-lee] /ˈfræŋk li/
in a frank manner; freely; candidly; openly; plainly:
He presented his arguments frankly and objectively.
Origin of frankly
1530-40; frank1 + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for frankly
  • But here they are trying to impact and frankly manipulate this age-old culture all on their own.
  • If it will be inconvenient for you to include him, please do not hesitate to say so frankly.
  • And the seventh part of all these things they give frankly and freely to the poor of that country.
  • The necessity of having to be completely faithful to current events bored me, frankly.
  • frankly, there's nothing in our history that suggests this is possible.
  • But frankly, that might add some much needed diversity to firms anyway.
  • And frankly, organizational and bureaucratic concerns weighed more heavily on the managers' minds.
  • frankly, we'd also rather not do the professorial equivalent.
  • The dept and college administrators were delighted, frankly.
  • frankly, you want the inspector to find things wrong--these are serious negotiating points in a buyer's market.
British Dictionary definitions for frankly


(sentence modifier) in truth; to be honest: frankly, I can't bear him
in a frank manner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for frankly

1530s, from frank (adj.) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for frankly

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for frankly

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with frankly