Origin of brankfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
An example of a brank is a metal cage worn around a woman who gossiped in the Middle Ages.
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.
- (UK, dialect) buckwheat