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
Contemporary Examples of sunken
He has sunken eyes and a narrow black beard speckled with gray.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
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
There was a first-class lounge with a sunken well and cocktail bar.The Sexy Dream of the 747
October 26, 2014
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
Then he pointed to my sunken cheeks where a couple gray whiskers poked through.The Fourth War: My Lunch with a Jihadi
January 21, 2014
Historical Examples of sunken
Now, she was sunken in an apathy that saved her from the worst pangs of misery.Within the Law
This chapel was one of the most sunken and dark of the old Romanesque apse.The Dream
HE was a tall, thin personage, with a marked brow and a sunken eye.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
So sunken and suppressed it was, that it was like a voice underground.A Tale of Two Cities
Even in its sunken wrecks might be read the record of modern nations.
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