[ dangk ]
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adjective,dank·er, dank·est.
  1. unpleasantly moist or humid; damp and, often, chilly: a dank cellar.

  2. Slang. (of marijuana) excellent; high quality: There was plenty of booze and dank weed at the party.

  1. Slang. (of an internet meme) passé or clichéd; out of touch; having missed the cultural Zeitgeist.

  1. Slang. high-quality marijuana: We were just chilling out and smoking dank together.

Origin of dank

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

Other words for dank

Other words from dank

  • dankly, adverb
  • dankness, noun

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How to use dank in a sentence

  • Breaths born of the wide sea unfiltered through forest dankness visited more keenly the nostrils of the voyagers.

    Joan of the Sword Hand | S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • 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
  • There was no time to waste, for the darkness was increasing, and the clammy dankness of the air struck to the very marrow.

    Big Game | Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • He shivered, but there was something more than the cold dankness of the air to make him shiver.

    Hunters Out of Space | Joseph Everidge Kelleam
  • The mildew and dirt, the dark denuded dankness of that old hostel, rotting down with damp and time!

British Dictionary definitions for dank


/ (dæŋk) /

  1. (esp of cellars, caves, etc) unpleasantly damp and chilly

Origin of dank

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

Derived forms of dank

  • dankly, adverb
  • dankness, noun

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