[stoo-kuh; German shtoo-kah]
- a German two-seated dive bomber with a single in-line engine, used by the Luftwaffe in World War II.
Origin of Stuka
1940–45; < German Stu(rz)- ka(mpfflugzeug) dive bomber, equivalent to Sturz dive + Kampfflugzeug combat plane
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Examples from the Web for stuka
The Stuka was sloping down toward one of the transport ships.A Yankee Flier in Italy
Rutherford G. Montgomery
The diving Stuka's death load hit on the far side of the road.Dave Dawson at Dunkirk
Robert Sydney Bowen
No one challenged Garret when he claimed one Stuka and a Messerschmitt.
They sent the Stuka into a nose dive, spewing bombs to lighten their load, but they were not fast enough.
His Brownings opened up and he saw the Stuka stagger and swerve as he thundered past in a hissing dive.
Word Origin and History for stuka
German dive bomber of World War II, 1940, from German shortening of Sturzkampfflugzeug, from sturz "fall" + kampf "battle" + flugzeug "aircraft."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper