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EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English danke, first recorded circa 1310 (as verb; circa 1410 as noun), probably from North Germanic, related to Swedish dank (marshy spot) and dänka (to moisten); though some trace it to a West Germanic source such as Dutch damp (vapor) or Middle High German damph.

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

dank (third-person singular simple present danks, present participle danking, simple past and past participle danked)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To moisten, dampen; used of mist, dew etc.

NounEdit

dank (plural danks)

  1. Moisture; humidity; water.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of John Milton to this entry?)

AdjectiveEdit

dank (comparative danker, superlative dankest)

  1. Dark, damp and humid.
    The dank cave was chilly and spooky.
    • Milton
      Now that the fields are dank and ways are mire.
    • Trench
      Cheerless watches on the cold, dank ground.
    • 1855, Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”, XXII:
      Who were the strugglers, what war did they wage, / Whose savage trample thus could pad the dank / Soil to a plash? [...]
  2. (figuratively, of marijuana) Highly potent.
    That was dank bud.
  3. (slang, often ironic) Great, awesome.
    • 2018 January 5, Rick Wilson, “Bannon Banished for Telling Truths About Trump as MAGA Monsters Turn on Each Other”, in The Daily Beast[1]:
      His house organ Breitbart and a host of Trump-right websites and news outlets sang praises to his dank genius.
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Etymology 2Edit

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NounEdit

dank (plural danks)

  1. A small silver coin formerly used in Persia.

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DutchEdit

GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Cognate with danken and Dutch dank; compare the Latin grātia.

PronunciationEdit

PrepositionEdit

dank (+ genitive or dative)

  1. thanks to, because of
    Dank seiner Arbeit hat er genug Geld zum Leben.
    Thanks to his work he has enough money to live.

Related termsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • dank in Duden online

Lower SorbianEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

dank m

  1. tax, fine, levy, duty

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LuxembourgishEdit