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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

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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Tiger Woods OWGR: 5 Best Open Championship finish: 1 (2000, 2005, 2006) This year: Masters champion cooled off with the weather, missing the PGA cut and admitting to struggling with the dank weather at Pebble Beach. Geoff Shackelford, azcentral, "British Open: 10 players to watch this week," 16 July 2019 Biases inform us listeners, too: weirdo biases operate in the dank subterranean chambers of us all, sometimes veering into the deeply dangerous. Michael Washburn, Longreads, "Tom Petty’s Problematic Album Southern Accents," 9 July 2019 My favorite, the Koon Chun brand, is a finely ground paste that’s colored sort of gray-brown-purple; the smell straight out of the jar is akin to the really dank smell of a French Quarter dumpster during Mardi Gras. Soleil Ho, latimes.com, "Off the shelf: The powerfully funky umami of Vietnamese fish paste," 20 June 2019 Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl — a pair of boundlessly eager, profoundly unrepentant aspirants to the dankest depths of political chicanery — were watching television together the other day when something caught Burkman’s eye. Washington Post, "Meet the GOP operatives who aim to smear the 2020 Democrats — but keep bungling it," 4 June 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce dank (audio) \
danker; dankest

Kids Definition of dank

: unpleasantly wet or moist a dank cave

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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