Share this entry

Share this page


Line breaks: dank
Pronunciation: /daŋk

Definition of dank in English:


Unpleasantly damp and cold: huge dank caverns
More example sentences
  • It was dark and dank and, especially late at night, dangerous.
  • The selling agent admits she hasn't even set foot in the dark, dank basement, and the rest of the accommodation is almost as gloomy.
  • At the bottom of the hill, there is a dark, dank train station in a cutting.


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



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.


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.

Definition of dank in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day orthoepy
Pronunciation: ˈɔːθəʊɛpi
the correct or accepted pronunciation of words