Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Disagreeably damp or humid. See Synonyms at wet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. (intransitive) To moisten, dampen; used of mist, dew etc.
  • n. A small silver coin formerly used in Persia.
  • adj. dark, damp and humid.
  • adj. highly potent

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Damp; moist; humid; wet.
  • n. Moisture; humidity; water.
  • n. A small silver coin current in Persia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Damp; moist; saturated with cold moisture.
  • Synonyms Damp, Humid, etc. See moist.
  • n. Cold moisture; unpleasant humidity.
  • n. Water, in general.
  • To make dank; moisten.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. unpleasantly cool and humid

Etymologies

Middle English, probably of Scandinavian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English danke, first recorded circa 1310 (as verb; circa 1410 as noun), Germanic: perhaps from Scandinavian or German. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But the compound subject is really equivalent to "the willow with its osiers dank," osiers being water-willows or their branches. ~dank~, damp: comp.

    Milton's Comus

  • Actually to call it dank is a tad untrue - we were blessed with clear blue skies which lit up leaves, hips and haws.

    A portrait of Snailbeach

  • Remember when flat, uncomfortable inclining lifts were installed in dank, musty homes?

    Strange Stairs

  • The second excerpt (located at a separate URL) describes his encounter with a homeless man living in dank tunnel near the airport, who has fashioned himself an elevated bed that manages to stay above the water line even during major flooding.

    Boing Boing

  • David, #253: Ah, yes -- when Houston gets cold, it also tends to get dank, which is worse.

    Making Light: Snowpocalypse Part Next

  • Doctors wheel a girl through what can only be described as a dank dungeon.

    Guilty Pleasure – Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers…with Paul Rudd?!? | MovieChopShop

  • It was delightful and satisfying to come into the spacious and cozy livingroom, filled with overstuffed easychairs and comfortable couches, warmed by the most efficient of centralheating systems or to use one of the perfectly appointed bathrooms whose every fixture was the best money could buy and recall the dank stone floors and walls leading up to a mammoth and -- from a thermal point of view -- perfectly useless fireplace flanked by the coatsofarms of deadandgone gentry who were content to shuffle out on inclement mornings to answer nature's calls in chilly outhouses.

    Greener Than You Think

  • Although any beer with "dank" in its name seems to me to have limited commerical appeal.

    :Acquired Taste

  • There's something kind of dank and nasty about "under the sink"....

    Continued Adventures in Our German Kitchen

  • No given aspect of my life is in any state more dire than "dank," though my commute to work this morning was miserable.

    into the heart of darkness

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  • Wordie has been known to countenance cruder circumstances.

    July 29, 2009

  • a noun as well, in cruder circumstances

    July 21, 2009


  • your life is your life
    don't let it be clubbed into dank submission.
    be on the watch.
    there are ways out.
    there is a light somewhere.
    it may not be much light but
    it beats darkness.
    be on the watch.
    the gods offer you chances.

    - Charles Bukowski, 'The Laughing Heart'.

    December 5, 2008