EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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.
Dun·kard [ duhng-kerd] /ˈdʌŋ kərd/
Origin of Dunker 1705–15, Americanism
-er 1 verb (used with object) to dip (a doughnut, cake, etc.) into coffee, milk, or the like, before eating. to submerge in a liquid: She dunked the curtains in the dye. . Basketball to attempt to thrust (a ball) through the basket using a dunk shot. 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. 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 forms dunk·a·ble, adjective, noun dunk·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for dunkers Contemporary Examples of dunkers Historical Examples of dunkers
Pennsylvania fellow told me over there
Dunkers are sort of Dutch Baptists. Dunkers caught a bit of the box peeping from under the coat.
"I'm sorry, Steve; but yuh wouldn't let me look at it," said
You know father's folks was
Dunkers, an' he don't believe in cards.
The name Hargreave had instantly brought back to
Dunkers' mind the newspaper stories he had recently read. British Dictionary definitions for dunkers verb to dip (bread, etc) in tea, soup, etc, before eating to submerge or be submerged in liquid Derived Forms dunker, noun Word Origin for dunk
C20: from Pennsylvania Dutch, from Middle High German
dunken, from Old High German dunkōn; see duck ², tinge noun a member of the German Baptist Brethren Word Origin for Dunker
C18: from German
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Word Origin and History for dunkers 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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