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.
any flavorful sauce, dip, gravy, etc., into which portions of food are dipped before eating.
Basketball. dunk shot.

1865–70, Americanism; < Pennsylvania German dunke to dip, immerse; compare German tunken, Middle High German dunken, tunken, Old High German thunkōn, dunkōn

dunkable, adjective, noun
dunker, noun
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dunk (dʌŋk)
1.  to dip (bread, etc) in tea, soup, etc, before eating
2.  to submerge or be submerged in liquid
[C20: from Pennsylvania Dutch, from Middle High German dunken, from Old High German dunkōn; see duck², tinge]

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Word Origin & History

1919, from Pa. Dutch dunke "to dip," from M.H.G. dunken, from O.H.G. dunkon, thunkon "to soak," from PIE base *teng- "to soak" (see tincture). Basketball sense is first recorded 1937. German-American Anabaptist sect of Dunkers (who baptize with triple immersion) first recorded by that name 1756.
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