- 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.
Origin of Dunker
- 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.
- 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.
- any flavorful sauce, dip, gravy, etc., into which portions of food are dipped before eating.
- Basketball. dunk shot.
Origin of dunk
Examples from the Web for dunkers
Contemporary Examples of dunkers
No longer will the dunkers compete against each other as individuals.Secret History of the First Dunk
February 15, 2014
Historical Examples of dunkers
Pennsylvania fellow told me over there Dunkers are sort of Dutch Baptists.The Debatable Land
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 Dunkers, contritely.
You know father's folks was Dunkers, an' he don't believe in cards.The Graysons
The name Hargreave had instantly brought back to Dunkers' mind the newspaper stories he had recently read.
- to dip (bread, etc) in tea, soup, etc, before eating
- to submerge or be submerged in liquid
Word Origin for dunk
- a member of the German Baptist Brethren
Word Origin for Dunker
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.