- 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 dankness
She went down the worn stairway and came out into the dankness of the street.Selina
George Madden Martin
The breath of primroses and violets mingled with the dankness of stagnant water.The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci</p>
Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
The silk of the curls on the forehead had a dankness and lifelessness which almost made her catch her breath again.Robin
Frances Hodgson Burnett
The odour of hot smoke is easily distinguished from the dankness of cold tobacco.The Exploits of Juve</p>
Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain
- (esp of cellars, caves, etc) unpleasantly damp and chilly
Word Origin and History for dankness
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 Now largely superseded by damp (adj.).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.