Definition of sunken adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsʌŋkən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌŋkən//
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  1. 1[only before noun] that has fallen to the bottom of the sea or the ocean, or of a lake or river synonym submerged a sunken ship sunken treasure
  2. 2(of eyes or cheeks) hollow and deep as a result of disease, getting old, or not having enough food His eyes were dark and sunken. See related entries: Face
  3. 3[only before noun] at a lower level than the area around a sunken garden
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: past participle of the verb sink.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sunken