WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Religiona 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.
- Pennsylvania German; see dunk, -er1
- 1705–15, American.
- to dip (a biscuit, etc.) into coffee or the like, before eating.
- to put (someone or something) briefly under the surface of a liquid:She dunked the shirt in some detergent.
- Sportto thrust or slam (a basketball) downward through the basket:He leaped and dunked the ball through for the final score of the game.
- an act or instance of dunking.
- 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.
- Sport[Basketball.]to attempt to thrust (a ball) through the basket using a dunk shot.
- 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.
- Sport[Basketball.]to execute or attempt a dunk shot.
- Foodany flavorful sauce, dip, gravy, etc., into which portions of food are dipped before eating.
- Sport[Basketball.]See dunk shot.
- Pennsylvania German dunke to dip, immerse; compare German tunken, Middle High German dunken, tunken, Old High German thunkōn, dunkōn
- 1865–70, American.