- unpleasantly moist or humid; damp and, often, chilly: a dank cellar.
- Slang. (of marijuana) excellent; high quality: There was plenty of booze and dank weed at the party.
- Slang. (of an Internet meme) passé or clichéd; out of touch; having missed the cultural Zeitgeist.
- Slang. high-quality marijuana: We were just chilling out and smoking dank together.
Origin of dank
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Examples from the Web for dank
She suffered no more beatings—just solitary confinement in an underground cell always dark and dank and cockroach-infested.Escaping Assad’s Rape Prisons: A Survivor Tells Her Story
October 28, 2014
It was dark, dank, the walls charcoal-colored, the feeling of a cave.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple
August 21, 2014
Bodies in mortuaries, bodies in ponds, bodies under houses, and in dank boarding houses.Death Became Her: Molly Lefebure’s Wartime Years of Murder and Suicide
April 2, 2014
Next thing he knows, the rebel is waking up in a dank cave centuries later.‘Sleepy Hollow’ Is TV’s Craziest, Most Over-the-Top New Show ... And You Should Watch It
October 8, 2013
“It was dark and dank and the children were rarely, if ever, taken outside,” Wright notes.15 Scientology Revelations From Lawrence Wright’s ‘Going Clear’
The Daily Beast
January 16, 2013
At one time it was a universal forest: thick, dark, and dank.
She smiled, put back her hand and brushed the dank hair from his moist brow.The Shadow of a Crime
Her dress had been rich; it was now torn and damp, and clung in dank folds to her limbs.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
They lay in the dank and chilly dawn as though death had reaped the field.
It was dank and still, dim and solemn within such a forest cavern.
- (esp of cellars, caves, etc) unpleasantly damp and chilly
Word Origin and History for dank
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 Now largely superseded by damp (adj.).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.