the action of plunging or being plunged into water or other liquid: Learning to canoe cost her several dunkings.

1915–20; dunk + -ing1

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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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Example sentences
He suffered from poor eyesight, which he tried to treat by dunking his head
  into a basin of cold water, eyes open.
That's why the main character looked so familiar, he thinks, dunking his head
  under the water.
While creativity during dunk contests has had its ebbs and flows over the
  years, dunking in games has never become stale.
Swallowing the water or dunking your head underwater increases the risk of
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