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.

  1. Basketball. to attempt to thrust (a ball) through the basket using a dunk shot.

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.

noun
  1. any flavorful sauce, dip, gravy, etc., into which portions of food are dipped before eating.

  2. Basketball. dunk shot.

Origin of dunk

1
An Americanism first recorded in 1865–70; from Pennsylvania Dutch dunke “to dip, immerse”; compare German tunken, Middle High German dunken, tunken, Old High German thunkōn, dunkōn

Other words from dunk

  • dunk·a·ble, adjective, noun
  • dunker, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for dunk

dunk

/ (dʌŋk) /


verb
  1. to dip (bread, etc) in tea, soup, etc, before eating

  2. to submerge or be submerged in liquid

Origin of dunk

1
C20: from Pennsylvania Dutch, from Middle High German dunken, from Old High German dunkōn; see duck ², tinge

Derived forms of dunk

  • dunker, noun

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