Definition of dank in English:



  • Unpleasantly damp and cold.

    ‘huge dank caverns’
    • ‘She glanced at the dark and dank interior of the slightly musty establishment.’
    • ‘The moist eastern slopes of the Andes tumble to dank, humid, jungle lowlands whose rivers are the highways for transportation.’
    • ‘Down below, two men lit a few candles and the prisoners' hearts sank as they saw, either side of them, windowless, dark, dank cells.’
    • ‘At the bottom of the hill, there is a dark, dank train station in a cutting.’
    • ‘Clever cooks know that it's best to keep onions, spuds and such out of the confines of a dark and dank closet.’
    • ‘It was dark and dank and, especially late at night, dangerous.’
    • ‘The room, true to its name, resembled a cavern with its dank cement walls.’
    • ‘Inside are two dark and dank rooms that have been completely gutted.’
    • ‘The night was dark and dank, the streets of Rome covered in a thick fog.’
    • ‘Byron paced back and forth in the dark, dank room of the abandoned building.’
    • ‘The selling agent admits she hasn't even set foot in the dark, dank basement, and the rest of the accommodation is almost as gloomy.’
    • ‘From there he expertly maneuvered through the dark dank chambers of the house and entered the kitchen.’
    • ‘Is Anne a York girl who is missing the idea of a traditional British Christmas in these dark, dank December days?’
    • ‘As she made her perilous way down the dark and dank tunnel, she wondered what great adventures lay before her.’
    • ‘At the other end of the ten-room block, a couple in their fifties live in a dark, dank room.’
    • ‘In a dark dank mouldy bathroom, you can use all the anti-fungal sprays you like and the mould will die - for a time, but it always comes back!’
    • ‘The cellar, which was a dank and dark part of the house, housed several things, including all the things that would need ice or coldness to keep good.’
    • ‘Opposite of where she stood, bright sunlight poured into the dank cavern.’
    • ‘He pulled himself along through the dank, dark sewers until he came to an opening.’
    • ‘It led him down a long, narrow flight of stairs to a dark, dank basement.’
    damp, musty, chilly, clammy, wet, moist, unaired, moisture-laden, humid
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Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Swedish dank marshy spot.