Twenty-four thousand Allied paratroopers had already hurtled into the dank gloom all over Normandy.
I called him from a dank hotel room in Guatemala and broke it off.
They sat stock-still on the hardwood benches of the dank, makeshift cinema in Monrovia.
But why do the outdoor scenes look as dank and drab as the gas-lit, sepia-toned interiors?
She suffered no more beatings—just solitary confinement in an underground cell always dark and dank and cockroach-infested.
From her gleaming neck down to the ground was dank, shapeless form.
Between this dank forest and the river-banks lie the cultivated fields.
The dank, decaying vegetation, the dimness, the very airlessness of the sweltering valley—all this is not merely heat.
She smiled, put back her hand and brushed the dank hair from his moist brow.
Laden with its salt scent, the dank vapor had enveloped an old house on the "brew" behind the town.
c.1400, earlier as a verb (early 14c.), now obsolete, meaning "to moisten," used of mists, dews, etc. Perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. Swedish dank "moist place," dänka "to moisten") or German (cf. Middle High German damph, Dutch damp "vapor"). Now largely superseded by damp (adj.). Related: Dankness.