Definition of dank in English:


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  • Disagreeably damp, musty, and typically cold.

    ‘huge dank caverns’
    • ‘He reached the bottom and choked on the dank musty smell that greeted him.’
    • ‘It smelt dank and musty, like a cave which the sea entered regularly.’
    • ‘Lynx could feel a presence getting stronger and stronger, but no warmth was carried from it on the breeze, just a musty stench like dank seaweed and carcasses.’
    • ‘I tear past him when the door swings open, suddenly high by the scent of dank, musty, old house.’
    • ‘It was a dank, cold room, not particularly large, and it smelled stale and old.’
    • ‘A smell of dampness struck me as I stepped into a narrow entrance hall, cold and dank.’
    • ‘A slightly dank scent filled my nose, the scent of our musty room in the morning, and I coughed quietly.’
    • ‘Yes, the cell she was in was dank and smelly but it wasn't too cold.’
    • ‘He had a dank odor about him like the smell of a wild animal's den.’
    • ‘I wrinkle my nose at the dank, putrid smell that is polluting the room.’
    • ‘We see him living in his dank, smelly, garbage-infested cave high on Mt. Crumpit.’
    • ‘The dank smell of sterile cleaning products lay heavily upon her nostrils as she tried to recognize just where she was.’
    • ‘As he opened the door, a dank musky air hit them full force, and both of them reeled back visibly from the smell and sight of the room.’
    • ‘They were in the belly of the ship and they were dank and crowded and smelled to high heavens of unwashed bodies and human waste.’
    • ‘She inhaled deeply, enjoying the wet, dank smell outside compared to the strange smell inside.’
    damp, musty, chilly, clammy, wet, moist, unaired, moisture-laden, humid
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/daNGk/ /dæŋk/


Middle English probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Swedish dank ‘marshy spot’.