[ 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.

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

  2. Basketball. dunk shot.

Origin of dunk

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


/ (dʌŋk) /

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

  2. to submerge or be submerged in liquid

Origin of dunk

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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