\ˈdaŋk \

Definition of dank 

: unpleasantly moist or wet a dank basement

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Other Words from dank

dankly adverb
dankness noun

Synonyms for dank


damp, dampish, moist, wettish

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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

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Musts are a bathing suit, to be shown at entry, and a lock to secure your other belongings within the vast, dank changing rooms. New York Times, "Things to Do in NYC: Astoria for a Pool Day, and Open-Mic Night Plus Dumplings in Chinatown," 12 July 2018 Eastern State, which opened in 1821, is dark and dank. Ed Condran, courant.com, "Philadelphia Emerges As Colorful Travel Destination," 24 June 2018 The walls are dank with green slime, and grey pockmarked mortar bulges from between the wet bricks. Longreads, "Viv Albertine on Dating Again in Her 50s," 15 June 2018 Groff is firmly part of that trend of thinking about Florida as dank and reckless. Mark Athitakis, latimes.com, "A sensational ill wind blows through Lauren Groff's short story collection, 'Florida'," 8 June 2018 In 420-friendly states, a growing cadre of chefs, confectioners, and entrepreneurs is intent on pulling weed out of its dank past and into our locavore, organic, chef's-menu-laden food present. Marian Bull, GQ, "Stoner Food Has Gotten Fully Baked," 7 June 2018 This year’s version took place inside the Cheshire Correctional Institution, a sometimes-dank building with its oldest sections dating back to 1910 and water stains on the ceiling. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Malloy Hosts Criminal Justice Conference Inside Cheshire Prison," 30 May 2018 Nor are terpenes, the compounds that Black Hammer uses to imbue beers with that dank cannabis flavor. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F.’s Black Hammer Brewing ordered to stop making cannabis beer," 23 May 2018 After burying himself in a dank basement apartment and one suspiciously sweaty chair, Jackson was able to reemerge and marry the woman of his dreams. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "It's Time To Check Up On The Queer Eye Contestants," 10 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of dank

: wet and cold in a way that is unpleasant


\ˈdaŋk \
danker; dankest

Kids Definition of dank

: unpleasantly wet or moist a dank cave

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evasion of direct action or statement

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