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Dunker

[duhng-ker]
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noun
  1. a member of the Church of the Brethren, a denomination of Christians founded in Germany in 1708 and later reorganized in the U.S., characterized by the practice of trine immersion, the celebration of a love feast accompanying the Lord's Supper, and opposition to the taking of oaths and to military service.
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Also Dun·kard [duhng-kerd] /ˈdʌŋ kərd/, Tunker.

Origin of Dunker

1705–15, Americanism; < Pennsylvania German; see dunk, -er1
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Related Words for dunker

bun, pastry, Danish, cruller, sinker, dunker

Examples from the Web for dunker

Historical Examples of dunker

  • It has no tower or spire, but it is known as the Dunker Church.

    Following the Flag

    Charles Carleton Coffin

  • Windham must be off scouting in that Dunker outfit, and might by good luck get himself hung, only he was too clever.

    The Debatable Land

    Arthur Colton

  • Once or twice he thought he recognized a face he had seen across the road by the Dunker church.

    The Debatable Land

    Arthur Colton

  • Arriving nearly opposite the Dunker church, it swept out over the cornfields.

    The Civil War Through the Camera

    Henry W. (Henry William) Elson

  • From Mummas house it was less than half a mile across the open field to the Dunker church.

    The Civil War Through the Camera

    Henry W. (Henry William) Elson


British Dictionary definitions for dunker

Dunker

Dunkard (ˈdʌŋkəd)

noun
  1. a member of the German Baptist Brethren
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Word Origin for Dunker

C18: from German Tunker ducker
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