Meaning of “frankly” in the English Dictionary

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"frankly" in British English

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uk /ˈfræŋ.kli/ us /ˈfræŋ.kli/

in an honest and direct way:

She spoke very frankly about her experiences.

B2 used when giving an honest and direct opinion, often one that might upset someone:

Quite frankly, I think this whole situation is ridiculous.
That's a frankly absurd suggestion.

More examples

  • Quite frankly, the thought of it terrified me.
  • People say this is a selfish society, but frankly I've seen too much kindness, self-sacrifice and generosity to believe that.
  • He wants to compete at international level, but frankly I don't think he's up to it.
  • Can I speak frankly with you?
  • Frankly, I don't give a damn!

(Definition of “frankly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"frankly" in American English

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us /ˈfræŋk·li/

in an honest, sincere, and truthful way, even when this might make other people uncomfortable:

She spoke frankly about her troubled marriage.

Frankly is often used when giving an honest and direct opinion:

Frankly, I’m worried.

(Definition of “frankly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)