[ dangk ]
/ dæŋk /

adjective, dank·er, dank·est.

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.

Nearby words

  1. danish loaf,
  2. danish oil,
  3. danish pastry,
  4. danish west indies,
  5. danite,
  6. danke,
  7. danke schön,
  8. dankly,
  9. dankworth,
  10. danl.

Origin of dank

1350–1400; Middle English probably < Scandinavian; compare dialectal Swedish dänka, Norwegian dynke “to moisten,” cognate with Old Norse dǫkk “water hole”

Related formsdank·ly, adverbdank·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for dank


/ (dæŋk) /


(esp of cellars, caves, etc) unpleasantly damp and chilly
Derived Formsdankly, adverbdankness, noun

Word Origin for dank

C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dank marshy spot

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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 Now largely superseded by damp (adj.).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.

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