dank

adjective \ ˈdaŋk \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of dank

:unpleasantly moist or wet
  • a dank basement

dankly

adverb

dankness

noun

Examples of dank in a Sentence

  1. vegetables tended to go bad quickly in the dank cellar

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Origin and Etymology of dank

Middle English danke

Synonym Discussion of dank

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

DANK Defined for English Language Learners

dank

adjective

Definition of dank for English Language Learners

  • : wet and cold in a way that is unpleasant


DANK Defined for Kids

dank

adjective \ ˈdaŋk \

Definition of dank for Students

danker; dankest
:unpleasantly wet or moist
  • a dank cave


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