Origin of sunk
verb (used without object), sank or, often, sunk; sunk or sunk·en; sink·ing.
verb (used with object), sank or, often, sunk; sunk or sunk·en; sink·ing.
- to throw, shoot, hit, or propel (a ball) so that it goes through or into the basket, hole, pocket, etc.: She sank the 10 ball into the side pocket.
- to execute (a stroke or throw) so that the ball goes through or into the basket, hole, pocket, etc.: to sink a putt; to sink a free throw.
- to bite deeply or vigorously.
- to do or enter into with great enthusiasm, concentration, conviction, etc.: to sink my teeth into solving the problem.
Origin of sink
Related Words for sunkdig, capsize, ram, sag, plummet, disappear, wreck, descend, plunge, decline, slump, drown, stick, submerge, fall, overturn, lower, drop, drive, settle
Examples from the Web for sunk
Contemporary Examples of sunk
And my beloved Zimbabwe has sunk from a promising beacon into an abyss of greed and dictatorship.How I Got Addicted to Africa (and Wrote a Thriller About It)
September 9, 2014
Sunk Kathryn Miles, Outside, February 11 The incredible truth about a ship that never should have sailed.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads of 2013
December 28, 2013
First-time unemployment claims have sunk to levels not seen since 2008.America is Not the Next Greece
October 31, 2013
One time he stood on the dock of a ship and sunk the ship just to feel what it was like to be on a sinking ship.Dane Dehaan Is Hollywood’s Homicidal Darling
October 20, 2013
By then, a Marine mindset had sunk deep in me, whereas they seemed vulnerable, and understandably so.Send in the Marines—and the Anthropologists too?
John Kael Weston
August 23, 2013
Historical Examples of sunk
I was with him when he died, but knew not the hour he departed, for he sunk to rest like an infant.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Is it not most pitiful to see a human being, made in the image of God, sunk so low?Weighed and Wanting
She found her at last, in her hiding-place behind the bed, sunk in deep dejection.Rico and Wiseli
I returned stoutly; for I had, of course, sunk the Isthmus of Panama beneath the sea.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
We sunk many guns in the lake; and as for the powder, that had taken care of itself.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
verb sinks, sinking, sank, sunk or sunken
- to invest (money)
- to lose (money) in an unwise or unfortunate investment
Word Origin for sink
Old English sincan (intransitive) "become submerged, go under, subside" (past tense sanc, past participle suncen), from Proto-Germanic *senkwanan (cf. Old Saxon sinkan, Old Norse sökkva, Middle Dutch sinken, Dutch zinken, Old High German sinkan, German sinken, Gothic sigqan), from PIE root *sengw- "to sink."
The transitive use (mid-13c.) supplanted Middle English sench (cf. drink/drench) which died out 14c. Related: Sank; sunk; sinking. Sinking fund is from 1724. Adjective phrase sink or swim is from 1660s. To sink without a trace is World War I military jargon, translating German spurlos versenkt.
early 15c., "cesspool, pit for reception of wastewater or sewage," from sink (v.). Figurative sense of "place where corruption and vice abound" is from 1520s. Meaning "drain for carrying water to a sink" is from late 15c. Sense of "shallow basin (especially in a kitchen) with a drainpipe for carrying off dirty water" first recorded 1560s. In science and technical use, "place where heat or other energy is removed from a system" (opposite of source), from 1855.
- See playa.
- See sinkhole.
- A circular depression on the flank of a volcano, caused by the collapse of a volcanic wall.
In addition to the idioms beginning with sink
- sink in
- sinking feeling, a
- sink one's teeth into
- sink or swim
- sink through the floor
- desert a sinking ship
- enough to sink a ship
- everything but the kitchen sink
- heart sinks