Dunkers



[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.
[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 .
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 .
noun
6.
any flavorful sauce, dip, gravy, etc., into which portions of food are dipped before eating.
7.
Basketball. .
/dʌŋk/
verb
1.
to dip (bread, etc) in tea, soup, etc, before eating
2.
to submerge or be submerged in liquid
/ˈdʌŋkə/
noun
1.
a member of the German Baptist Brethren
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.

noun

verb

Related Terms

slam dunk

[fr Pennsylvania German dunken, ”dip”]

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