dunk

[duhngk]

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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.

noun

any flavorful sauce, dip, gravy, etc., into which portions of food are dipped before eating.
Basketball. dunk shot.

Nearby words

  1. dunham,
  2. dunham, katherine,
  3. duniewassal,
  4. dunite,
  5. duniwassal,
  6. dunk shot,
  7. dunkards,
  8. dunker,
  9. dunkerque,
  10. dunkers

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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British Dictionary definitions for dunk

dunk

verb

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

Word Origin for dunk

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

dunk

v.

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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