Frank (?), n. [OF. franc.]

A pigsty.

[Obs.]

 

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Frank, v. t.

To shut up in a frank or sty; to pen up; hence, to cram; to fatten.

[Obs.]

Shak.

 

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Frank, n. Zool.

The common heron; -- so called from its note.

[Prov. Eng.]

 

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Frank (?), a. [Compar Franker (?); 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.

2.

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

3.

Liberal; generous; profuse.

[Obs.]

Frank of civilities that cost them nothing. L'Estrange.

4.

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

Spenser.

Syn. -- Ingenuous; candid; artless; plain; open; unreserved; undisguised; sincere. See Candid, Ingenuous.

 

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Frank (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Franked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Franking.]

1.

To send by public conveyance free of expense.

Dickens.

2.

To extempt from charge for postage, as a letter, package, or packet, etc.

 

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Frank, n. [See Frank, a.]

The privilege of sending letters or other mail matter, free of postage, or without charge; also, the sign, mark, or signature denoting that a letter or other mail matter is to free of postage.

<-- = franking privelege -->

I have said so much, that, if I had not a frank, I must burn my letter and begin again. Cowper.

 

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Frank, n. [Cf. F. franc. See Frank, a.]

1. Ethnol.

A member of one of the German tribes that in the fifth century overran and conquered Gaul, and established the kingdom of France.

2.

A native or inhabitant of Western Europe; a European; -- a term used in the Levant.

3.

A French coin. See Franc.

 

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