sunken

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adjective sunk·en \ˈsəŋ-kən\

Definition of sunken

  1. 1 :  submerged; especially :  lying at the bottom of a body of water

  2. 2a :  hollow, recessed <sunken cheeks>b :  lying in a depression <a sunken garden>c :  settled below the normal leveld :  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>

Origin and Etymology of sunken

Middle English sonkyn, past participle of sinken to sink


First Known Use: 14th century


SUNKEN Defined for English Language Learners

sunken

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adjective sunk·en \ˈsəŋ-kən\

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

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adjective sunk·en \ˈsəŋ-kən\

Definition of sunken for Students

  1. 1 :  fallen in :  hollow <Zero's face looked like a jack-o'-lantern … with sunken eyes and a drooping smile. — Louis Sachar, Holes>

  2. 2 :  lying at the bottom of a body of water <sunken ships>

  3. 3 :  built or settled below the surrounding or normal level <a sunken garden>



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