- The definition of a brank was a torture device used on women who were found guilty of being noisy, prone to arguments or gossip.
An example of a brank is a metal cage worn around a woman who gossiped in the Middle Ages.
Origin of brank; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Origin of brankPossibly from Dutch branken, legs (of a compass, scissors, etc.), pl. of branke, branch, from Late Latin branca, paw; see branch.
(third-person singular simple present branks, present participle branking, simple past and past participle branked)
Compare Gaelic brangus, brangas, a sort of pillory, Irish brancas, halter, or Dutch pranger, fetter.
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