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dank

[dangk] /dæŋk/
adjective, danker, dankest.
1.
unpleasantly moist or humid; damp and, often, chilly:
a dank cellar.
Origin
dialectal Swedish
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (adj. and noun), probably < Scandinavian; compare dialectal Swedish dänka, Norwegian dynke moisten, cognate with Old Norse dǫkk water hole
Related forms
dankly, adverb
dankness, noun
Synonyms
wet, clammy, muggy, sticky, soggy.
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British Dictionary definitions for dankest

dank

/dæŋk/
adjective
1.
(esp of cellars, caves, etc) unpleasantly damp and chilly
Derived Forms
dankly, adverb
dankness, noun
Word Origin
C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dank marshy spot
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Word Origin and History for dankest

dank

adj.

c.1400, earlier as a verb (early 14c.), now obsolete, meaning "to moisten," used of mists, dews, etc. Perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. Swedish dank "moist place," dänka "to moisten") or German (cf. Middle High German damph, Dutch damp "vapor"). Now largely superseded by damp (adj.). Related: Dankness.

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