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Dunker

[duhng-ker] /ˈdʌŋ kər/
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.
Also, Dunkard
[duhng-kerd] /ˈdʌŋ kərd/ (Show IPA),
Tunker.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15, Americanism; < Pennsylvania German; see dunk, -er1

dunk

[duhngk] /dʌŋk/
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.
3.
Basketball. to attempt to thrust (a ball) through the basket using a dunk shot.
verb (used without object)
4.
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.
5.
Basketball. to execute or attempt a dunk shot.
noun
6.
any flavorful sauce, dip, gravy, etc., into which portions of food are dipped before eating.
7.
Basketball. dunk shot.
Origin
1865-70, Americanism; < Pennsylvania German dunke to dip, immerse; compare German tunken, Middle High German dunken, tunken, Old High German thunkōn, dunkōn
Related forms
dunkable, adjective, noun
dunker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dunkers

dunk

/dʌŋk/
verb
1.
to dip (bread, etc) in tea, soup, etc, before eating
2.
to submerge or be submerged in liquid
Derived Forms
dunker, noun
Word Origin
C20: from Pennsylvania Dutch, from Middle High German dunken, from Old High German dunkōn; see duck², tinge

Dunker

/ˈdʌŋkə/
noun
1.
a member of the German Baptist Brethren
Word Origin
C18: from German Tunker ducker
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Word Origin and History for dunkers

dunk

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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Slang definitions & phrases for dunkers

dunk

noun
  1. : Leroy had a quick dunk in the creek
  2. A basketball field goal scored by putting the ball into the hoop from just beside or above it: Almost all of the baskets were dunks/ basketball courts where the dunks have been so fierce lately (1937+ Basketball)
verb
  1. To dip something into a liquid, esp to dip food into a drink: Scientific temperature readings cannot be taken just by dunking a thermometer on a string (1919+)
  2. To go into the water: Be right back, just want to dunk (1940s+)
  3. : He jumped up and dunked another one
Related Terms

slam dunk

[fr Pennsylvania German dunken, ''dip'']


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