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dunk

[duhngk]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to dip (a doughnut, cake, etc.) into coffee, milk, or the like, before eating.
  2. to submerge in a liquid: She dunked the curtains in the dye.
  3. Basketball. to attempt to thrust (a ball) through the basket using a dunk shot.
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verb (used without object)
  1. 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.
  2. Basketball. to execute or attempt a dunk shot.
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noun
  1. any flavorful sauce, dip, gravy, etc., into which portions of food are dipped before eating.
  2. Basketball. dunk shot.
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Origin of dunk

1865–70, Americanism; < Pennsylvania German dunke to dip, immerse; compare German tunken, Middle High German dunken, tunken, Old High German thunkōn, dunkōn
Related formsdunk·a·ble, adjective, noundunk·er, noun
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dunk

verb
  1. to dip (bread, etc) in tea, soup, etc, before eating
  2. to submerge or be submerged in liquid
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Derived Formsdunker, noun

Word Origin

C20: from Pennsylvania Dutch, from Middle High German dunken, from Old High German dunkōn; see duck ², tinge
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Word Origin and History for dunk

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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.

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