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Definition of dank

: unpleasantly moist or wet a dank basement

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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 The word suggests penetration, fertilization, mingling in places dim and dank. New York Times, "The Mushrooms Will Survive Us," 7 Feb. 2021 The downstairs gallery is dank, and Peter Walker’s garden design is tediously formal. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "The 10 best and worst Dallas buildings, 40 years after ‘Why Is Dallas Architecture So Bad?’," 18 Dec. 2020 In front of the houses stretched a dank lawn strewn with leaves. The Economist, "The watchful scribbler John le Carré died on December 12th," 14 Dec. 2020 Written by Tracy Letts and based on his play, Bug is dank, disgusting, and at times headache-inducing, leading the audience deeper into the delusions of two characters who are powered by anxiety. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Horror Movies Are for Everyone," 19 Oct. 2020 Not all kids are like my teen jerk self, who desperately wanted to spend her time in dank and unsupervised basements with poor ventilation — in fact, many teens are taking the virus incredibly seriously, and are more risk-averse than their parents. Jessica Grose, New York Times, "The Hardest Fight to Have With Your Teen," 28 Oct. 2020 The bottom line is this: Masks protect you and your dank squad. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Watch Paul Rudd Dial Up His Fellow 'Young Person' 'Billie Eilish' to Talk Masking Up," 15 Sep. 2020 But inside the communal apartments is a world of dank spaces with dangling wires, sepia-colored sinks, peeling wallpaper, and strange smells, but sporting high ceilings and original 19th-century moldings, brass fixtures, and parquet floors. Andrew E. Kramer, BostonGlobe.com, "Too close for comfort, and the virus, in Russia’s communal apartments," 13 June 2020 Staged mostly in dank basements and empty parking lots, the film follows Scott (Davidson), a screwup in his mid-20s with vague aspirations of being a tattoo artist and who still lives with his mother (Marisa Tomei). David Sims, The Atlantic, "Judd Apatow Is Okay With Not Being Funny," 11 June 2020

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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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24 Feb 2021

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“Dank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dank. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dank

: wet and cold in a way that is unpleasant


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

Kids Definition of dank

: unpleasantly wet or moist a dank cave

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