In some basketball accounts of the mid 1900s, “dunk” simply meant to score in any way.
All that beautiful talent and fearlessness … would she jump and dunk and make me so proud?
They also wondered why this second dunk would be more valid, without three rabbis present.
What it did do was drag him down, as though my shot had dropped him into the dunk tank at the state fair.
The Gatorade dunk is a perfect example, which has been a Super Bowl tradition since 1987.
"dunk and Fly are coming along with one," responded the captain.
A glimmering of the truth came to dunk, and his eyes narrowed.
Andy noticed, too, with more relief, that dunk only took one glass.
The boys, like dunk, had simply made the mistake of taking too much for granted.
Andy noticed that dunk was slipping back into his old habits.
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.
[fr Pennsylvania German dunken, ''dip'']