adjective, dank·er, dank·est.
Origin of dank
Examples from the Web for dankness
The odour of hot smoke is easily distinguished from the dankness of cold tobacco.The Exploits of Juve|Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain
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|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
British Dictionary definitions for dankness
Word Origin for dank
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 Now largely superseded by damp (adj.).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.