sunken

adjective

sunk·​en ˈsəŋ-kən How to pronounce sunken (audio)
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

Her eyes were sunken and lifeless. our convalescing guest's sunken cheeks soon filled out on a diet of my mother's cooking
Recent Examples on the Web Sean Kingsley | | READ MORE Sean Kingsley is a marine archaeologist, explorer, historian and writer specializing in the sunken past. Sean Kingsley, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Apr. 2024 The memorial, built in 1962 and visited by nearly two million people annually, straddles the sunken hull of the Arizona without touching it. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2024 On the foredeck, the Jacuzzi brings another element of outdoor entertainment, bolstered by a sunken cockpit. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 15 Mar. 2024 The lullaby wails and fading bells imbue the track with a layer of sunken whimsy — like the moment a child realizes Santa isn’t real and nobody lives forever. Peter A. Berry, Variety, 15 Mar. 2024 These divers scour Florida for sunken cars to unlock secrets about missing people. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2024 There are also multiple terraces, an alfresco kitchen and dining area, plus a sunken lounge with a fire pit. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 15 Mar. 2024 From there, an entrance hallway displaying a floating staircase leads to a sunken living area sporting several lounge spaces and Fleetwood sliding glass doors spilling out to the backyard. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 20 Feb. 2024 The lower level, which has a separate entrance, also contains a bonus room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a patio (it’s currently used as a gym/yoga studio), as well as a spacious home office that looks out to a sunken courtyard. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 29 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English sonkyn, past participle of sinken to sink

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sunken was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sunken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sunken. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

sunken

adjective
sunk·​en ˈsəŋ-kən How to pronounce sunken (audio)
1
: being submerged
especially : lying at the bottom of a body of water
sunken ships
2
: fallen in : hollow
sunken cheeks
3
a
: lying in a depression
a sunken garden
b
: constructed below the normal floor level
a sunken living room

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