Origin of sunken
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.
Origin of sink
Examples from the Web for sunken
Now in his early thirties, his cheeks are sunken from smoking too much hash.Obama’s Deadly Informants: The Drone Spotters of Pakistan|Umar Farooq, Syed Fakhar Kakakhel|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was a first-class lounge with a sunken well and cocktail bar.
After he disembarked the sunken ship, Schettino told reporters that he accepts responsibility for his role in the disaster.Captain Schettino Returns to Costa Concordia Crime Scene|Barbie Latza Nadeau|February 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then he pointed to my sunken cheeks where a couple gray whiskers poked through.
The clothes generated electronic sounds that played in the night club, whilst the audience watched from sunken sofas.
Her face was yellow; her eyes were sunken and dull; her hands trembled.A Daughter of the Vine|Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
He had just risen from a sick bed; his features were sunken, his voice hollow, and his whole appearance haggard and terrible.Lives of Celebrated Women|Samuel Griswold Goodrich
And there were so many of themthose poor creatures down there, with their wasted forms and sunken eyes!The Turn of the Tide|Eleanor H. Porter
The two craft drifted abreast of each other about midway of the sunken basin.The Best Short Stories of 1917|Various
Looking seaward, we saw the hull of the sunken Majestic, a perpetual sign of the limitations of "sea power."With Manchesters in the East|Gerald B. Hurst
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