- 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.
brank definition by Webster's New World
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
brank definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Possibly from Dutch branken, legs (of a compass, scissors, etc.), pl. of branke, branch, from Late Latin branca, paw; see branch.