dank

adjective
\ ˈdaŋk How to pronounce dank (audio) \

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

Synonyms

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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The hazy golden ale is a touch fruity and just a bit dank—but in a good way. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "The 12 Best Summer Beers of 2019," 10 June 2019 Insulation is key to making a finished basement feel comfortable and to eliminate the dank feeling that commonly occupies below-grade spaces. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Finish Your Basement," 18 Apr. 2019 Wind roaring through the trees was thick with the dank scent of lake water turning over. Porter Fox, New York Times, "On a Canoe Trip Along the U.S.-Canada Border, Solitude and Shooting Stars," 20 June 2018 As befits a story about seafaring and the dank nether reaches of the mind, nautical images slosh throughout. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "‘Dark Water’ Review: Unfathomable Depths," 28 Dec. 2018 Therapists are regularly portrayed as intrepid explorers of the dank caves of the unconscious who capably guide their patients toward grand revelations and clinical solutions. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "‘The Incurable Romantic’ Review: Truly, Madly, Deeply," 5 Oct. 2018 There's something nervous in all this, an edge of fear not seen in the American White House since the last dark, dank, dog days of Watergate. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway: Incomplete press coverage harms America," 3 Aug. 2018 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

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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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dank

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of dank

: wet and cold in a way that is unpleasant

dank

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

Kids Definition of dank

: unpleasantly wet or moist a dank cave

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