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[buhng-ker] /ˈbʌŋ kər/
a large bin or receptacle; a fixed chest or box:
a coal bunker.
a fortification set mostly below the surface of the ground with overhead protection provided by logs and earth or by concrete and fitted with openings through which guns may be fired.
Golf. any obstacle, as a sand trap or mound of dirt, constituting a hazard.
verb (used with object)
  1. to provide fuel for (a vessel).
  2. to convey (bulk cargo except grain) from a vessel to an adjacent storehouse.
Golf. to hit (a ball) into a bunker.
to equip with or as if with bunkers:
to bunker an army's defenses.
Origin of bunker
1750-60; earlier bonkar (Scots) box, chest, serving also as a seat, of obscure origin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But you must try to overlook these little things, Mr. bunker, these little neglects on my part.

    The American Claimant Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Captain bunker says it's because we are really nearing the Californian coast.

  • As well soil the glory of Lexington or bunker Hill by brooding over the pangs of those who were its victims.

    The Arena Various
  • As to any clue that might come from Captain bunker, that's still more remote.

  • Mr. bunker laughed very much at this suggestion, and hurried them all through the rain toward Captain Ben's bungalow.

British Dictionary definitions for bunker


a large storage container or tank, as for coal
Also called (esp US and Canadian) sand trap. an obstacle on a golf course, usually a sand-filled hollow bordered by a ridge
an underground shelter, often of reinforced concrete and with a bank and embrasures for guns above ground
(transitive) (golf)
  1. to drive (the ball) into a bunker
  2. (passive) to have one's ball trapped in a bunker
(transitive) (nautical)
  1. to fuel (a ship)
  2. to transfer (cargo) from a ship to a storehouse
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: chest, box): from Scottish bonkar, of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bunker

1758, originally Scottish, "seat, bench," of uncertain origin, possibly a variant of banker "bench" (1670s; see bank (n.2)); possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Swedish bunke "boards used to protect the cargo of a ship"). Of golf courses, first recorded 1824, from extended sense "earthen seat" (1805); meaning "dug-out fortification" probably is from World War I.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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