sunken

adjective sunk·en \ ˈsəŋ-kən \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of sunken

1 : submerged; especially : lying at the bottom of a body of water
2 a : hollow, recessed
  • sunken cheeks
b : lying in a depression
  • a sunken garden
c : settled below the normal level
d : constructed below the normal floor level
  • a sunken living room

Examples of sunken in a Sentence

  1. Her eyes were sunken and lifeless.

  2. our convalescing guest's sunken cheeks soon filled out on a diet of my mother's cooking

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Origin and Etymology of sunken

Middle English sonkyn, past participle of sinken to sink


SUNKEN Defined for English Language Learners

sunken

adjective

Definition of sunken for English Language Learners

  • : completely covered with water : lying at the bottom of a sea, lake, etc.

  • : curving inward because of illness, age, etc.

  • : lying or built at a lower level than the surrounding area


SUNKEN Defined for Kids

sunken

adjective sunk·en \ ˈsəŋ-kən \

Definition of sunken for Students

1 : fallen in : hollow
  • Zero's face looked like a jack-o'-lantern … with sunken eyes and a drooping smile.
  • —Louis Sachar, Holes
2 : lying at the bottom of a body of water
  • sunken ships
3 : built or settled below the surrounding or normal level
  • a sunken garden


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