Definition of dank in English:


Syllabification: dank
Pronunciation: /daNGk


Disagreeably damp, musty, and typically cold.
More example sentences
  • He reached the bottom and choked on the dank musty smell that greeted him.
  • It smelt dank and musty, like a cave which the sea entered regularly.
  • Lynx could feel a presence getting stronger and stronger, but no warmth was carried from it on the breeze, just a musty stench like dank seaweed and carcasses.
damp, musty, chilly, clammy, moist, wet, unaired, humid


Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Swedish dank 'marshy spot'.



More example sentences
  • It dawned today dankly raining, but by mid morning and my coffee pilgrimage there was sunlight, intermittently, and a warming breeze from the south.
  • It was she who welcomed me into their small flat in a building so cheaply and recently erected that it still smelled dankly of fresh plaster.
  • Their ragged shifts and kirtles, soaked through with the drizzling rain, hung dankly on their emaciated forms.


More example sentences
  • The dankness chilled Annika to the bone, and she wished desperately for a fire to warm by.
  • British summers mean we get rain, wind, sun, snow and frost all in the same week but our winters are just so glum, no blizzards just unrelenting dankness.
  • The dankness of the house, the emptiness filled me with doubt.

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