Simple Definition of sunken
: completely covered with water : lying at the bottom of a sea, lake, etc.
: curving inward because of illness, age, etc.
: lying or built at a lower level than the surrounding area
Examples of sunken
Her eyes were sunken and lifeless.
<our convalescing guest's sunken cheeks soon filled out on a diet of my mother's cooking>
Origin of sunken
Middle English sonkyn, past participle of sinken to sink
First Known Use: 14th century
SUNKEN Defined for Kids
Definition of sunken
1 : fallen in : hollow <Zero's face looked like a jack-o'-lantern … with sunken eyes and a drooping smile. — Louis Sachar, Holes>
2 : lying at the bottom of a body of water <sunken ships>
3 : built or settled below the surrounding or normal level <a sunken garden>
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