- to dip (a doughnut, cake, etc.) into coffee, milk, or the like, before eating.
- to submerge in a liquid: She dunked the curtains in the dye.
- Basketball. to attempt to thrust (a ball) through the basket using a dunk shot.
- to dip or submerge something, oneself, etc., in a liquid: She thinks it's vulgar to dunk. Let's dunk in the pool before dinner.
- Basketball. to execute or attempt a dunk shot.
- any flavorful sauce, dip, gravy, etc., into which portions of food are dipped before eating.
- Basketball. dunk shot.
Origin of dunk
Examples from the Web for dunk
What it did do was drag him down, as though my shot had dropped him into the dunk tank at the state fair.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
They also wondered why this second dunk would be more valid, without three rabbis present.Women Describe How Top D.C. Rabbi Allegedly Spied on Them in the Nude
Steven I. Weiss
October 22, 2014
In some basketball accounts of the mid 1900s, “dunk” simply meant to score in any way.Secret History of the First Dunk
February 15, 2014
The Gatorade dunk is a perfect example, which has been a Super Bowl tradition since 1987.
As recently as March, HBO wouldn't comment on rumors surrounding a Dunk and Egg prequel series.‘Game of Thrones’: Will the HBO Series Catch Up to George R.R. Martin’s Books?
June 10, 2013
The boys, like Dunk, had simply made the mistake of taking too much for granted.
A glimmering of the truth came to Dunk, and his eyes narrowed.
"Say," answered the boy addressed as Dunk, grabbing the speaker by the arm.
"Guess we'll go home," said Fly, speaking for Carl and Dunk.
"And I guess we're here with our appetites to-day," put in Dunk.
- to dip (bread, etc) in tea, soup, etc, before eating
- to submerge or be submerged in liquid
Word Origin and History for dunk
1919, American English, from Pennsylvania German dunke "to dip," from Middle High German dunken, from Old High German dunkon, thunkon "to soak," from PIE root *teng- "to soak" (see tincture).
Basketball sense is first recorded 1937 as a verb, 1971 as a noun (earlier dunk shot). German-American Anabaptist sect of Dunkers (who baptize with triple immersion) first recorded by that name 1756.