[ duhng-ker ]
/ ˈdʌŋ kər /


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.
Also Dun·kard [duhng-kerd] /ˈdʌŋ kərd/, Tunker.

Origin of Dunker

1705–15, Americanism; < Pennsylvania German; see dunk, -er1
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Dunkard (ˈdʌŋkəd)

/ (ˈdʌŋkə) /


a member of the German Baptist Brethren

Word Origin for Dunker

C18: from German Tunker ducker
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