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[duhng-king] /ˈdʌŋ kɪŋ/

the action of plunging or being plunged into water or other liquid:
Learning to canoe cost her several dunkings.
[duhngk] /dʌŋk/
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 .
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 .
any flavorful sauce, dip, gravy, etc., into which portions of food are dipped before eating.
Basketball. .
to dip (bread, etc) in tea, soup, etc, before eating
to submerge or be submerged in liquid

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.



Related Terms

slam dunk

[fr Pennsylvania German dunken, ”dip”]


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