- the action of plunging or being plunged into water or other liquid: Learning to canoe cost her several dunkings.
Origin of dunking
- 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 dunking
Sen. Paul has been getting a dunking in the media for his flip-flops on foreign policy.My Coffee Klatch With Rand Paul
P. J. O’Rourke
September 27, 2014
“Dunking does not display basketball skill - only height advantage,” Allen wrote in his 1937 book Better Basketball.Secret History of the First Dunk
February 15, 2014
More men were ranged in rows along the plastered walls, dunking their heels against the cracked wooden baseboards.Back Home
Irvin S. Cobb
This is a breakfast treat especially good for dunking in coffee.Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking
The dunking is done as rhythmically as the stirring, guests taking regular turns at twirling the fork to keep the cheese swirling.
When everything is stirred smooth and bubbling, toss in the kirsch without missing a stroke of the fork and get to dunking.
Large, crisp, hot potato chips make a pleasant change for dunking purposes.
- to dip (bread, etc) in tea, soup, etc, before eating
- to submerge or be submerged in liquid
Word Origin and History for dunking
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.