brank(s)

brank(s)
  n. kind of bridle fixed to head of nagging woman as punishment; scold's bridle;
  Scottish, mumps.

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  • brank — brank·ie; brank·ur·sine; brank; …   English syllables

  • Brank — Brank, n. [Prov. of Celtic origin; cf. L. brance, brace, the Gallic name of a particularly white kind of corn.] Buckwheat. [Local, Eng.] Halliwell. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brank — Brank, Branks Branks, n. [Cf. Gael. brangus, brangas, a sort of pillory, Ir. brancas halter, or D. pranger fetter.] 1. A sort of bridle with wooden side pieces. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.] Jamieson. [1913 Webster] 2. A scolding bridle, an instrument… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brank — Brank, v. i. 1. To hold up and toss the head; applied to horses as spurning the bit. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] 2. To prance; to caper. [Scot.] Jamieson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brank — [braŋk] n. 〚< ?〛 [often pl., with sing. v.] a device formerly used to punish women judged to be noisy and quarrelsome, consisting of an iron curb for the tongue, held in place by a frame around the head * * * brank (brăngk) n. A device consisting …   Universalium

  • brank — [braŋk] n. [< ?] [often pl., with sing. v.] a device formerly used to punish women judged to be noisy and quarrelsome, consisting of an iron curb for the tongue, held in place by a frame around the head …   English World dictionary

  • brank|ur|sine — «brangk UR sihn», noun. the bear s breech; the acanthus plant. ╂[< Medieval Latin branca ursina bear s claw] …   Useful english dictionary

  • brank-new — corruption of brand new …   Useful english dictionary

  • brank — 1. noun A metal bridle formerly used as a torture device to hold the head of a scold and restrain the tongue 2. verb To put someone in the branks …   Wiktionary

  • brank — Buckwheat was so called in Essex …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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