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

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)
(esp of cellars, caves, etc) unpleasantly damp and chilly
[C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dank marshy spot]

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Word Origin & History

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 Now largely superseded by damp.
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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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