dank

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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.

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Verb[edit]

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.

Noun[edit]

dank (plural danks)

  1. Moisture; humidity; water.
  2. A small silver coin formerly used in Persia.

Adjective[edit]

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.
  2. (figuratively) highly potent
    That was very dank marijuana.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch *thank, from Proto-Germanic *þankaz. Compare German Dank, English thank, Danish tak.

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Noun[edit]

dank m (uncountable)

  1. Gratitude, thanks
  2. A show/token of recognition
  3. A reward, recompense

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Verb[edit]

dank

  1. first-person singular present indicative of danken
  2. imperative of danken

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Preposition[edit]

dank

  1. (with dative) thanks to, because of.

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