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Definition of dank

: unpleasantly moist or wet a dank basement

Other Words from dank

dankly adverb
dankness noun

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wet, damp, dank, moist, humid mean covered or more or less soaked with liquid. wet usually implies saturation but may suggest a covering of a surface with water or something (such as paint) not yet dry. slipped on the wet pavement damp implies a slight or moderate absorption and often connotes an unpleasant degree of moisture. clothes will mildew if stored in a damp place dank implies a more distinctly disagreeable or unwholesome dampness. a prisoner in a cold, dank cell moist applies to what is slightly damp or not felt as dry. treat the injury with moist heat humid applies to the presence of much water vapor in the air. a hot, humid climate

Examples of dank in a Sentence

vegetables tended to go bad quickly in the dank cellar
Recent Examples on the Web Others, especially the elderly, have nowhere else to go and hide in dank basement shelters. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 That’s right, Portland was the dank armpit, long before the coronavirus pandemic killed dozens of businesses and nightly protests wrecked downtown. oregonlive, 25 Apr. 2022 Rocks of the fragrant resin from the Amazonian Almacega tree, which is at the heart of Costa’s cult-favorite beauty brand, Costa Brazil, were burning at Casa Tua, giving the room the dank scent of jungle canopy envelopment. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, 20 Apr. 2022 In one school, some 200 people took shelter in the dank confines of a basement, sleeping on mattresses laid over desks. Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 The intended effect of dank terror is undercut by the general lackadaisical aura hanging over everything. Kyle Smith, National Review, 1 Apr. 2022 The job pulls him down a rabbit hole of demonic possession and family grief, with parallel stories: one set in a dank New York rental building, the other in a creepy upstate compound. New York Times, 4 Mar. 2022 Similes would have to suffice, because pineapples couldn’t survive the dank voyage back to Europe without rotting — just another casualty of the imperial adventure. New York Times, 14 Mar. 2022 But there’s a middle ground between yeeting a YOLO on your dough and locking your money away in a dank cellar to age. The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dank

1573, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dank

Middle English danke

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19 May 2022

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“Dank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dank. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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\ ˈdaŋk How to pronounce dank (audio) \
danker; dankest

Kids Definition of dank

: unpleasantly wet or moist a dank cave

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