dank

[dangk]
adjective, danker, dankest.
unpleasantly moist or humid; damp and, often, chilly: a dank cellar.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English (adj. and noun), probably < Scandinavian; compare dialectal Swedish dänka, Norwegian dynke moisten, cognate with Old Norse dǫkk water hole

dankly, adverb
dankness, noun


wet, clammy, muggy, sticky, soggy.
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dank (dæŋk)
 
adj
(esp of cellars, caves, etc) unpleasantly damp and chilly
 
[C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dank marshy spot]
 
'dankly
 
adv
 
'dankness
 
n

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dank
c.1400, earlier as a verb (c.1310), now obsolete, meaning "to moisten," used of mists, dews, etc. Perhaps from Scand. or German. Now largely superseded by damp.
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dank definition

[dæŋk]
  1. mod.
    very good. : We stopped for a while in this real dank little bistro on the main boulevard.
  2. mod.
    very bad. : Class was so dank today. I thought I would die of terminal boredom.
  3. n.
    potent, moist marijuana. (Said to be stored away from light.) : I'll take dank any day.
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Example sentences
It is a cramped, dank little apartment.
From this bridge, the convicted got their final view of sunny, joyous Venice
  before entering the black and dank prisons.
The black chair sits on a round wooden platform in a small, dank room.
The cellars, usually 8 feet by 10 feet, offer a dank refuge from the weather.
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