dunk

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
dunk /dʌŋk/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to dip (a biscuit, etc.) into coffee or the like, before eating.
  2. to put (someone or something) briefly under the surface of a liquid:She dunked the shirt in some detergent.
  3. Sportto thrust or slam (a basketball) downward through the basket:He leaped and dunked the ball through for the final score of the game.

n. [countable]
  1. an act or instance of dunking.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
dunk  (dungk), 
v.t. 
  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. Sport[Basketball.]to attempt to thrust (a ball) through the basket using a dunk shot.

v.i. 
  1. 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.
  2. Sport[Basketball.]to execute or attempt a dunk shot.

n. 
  1. Foodany flavorful sauce, dip, gravy, etc., into which portions of food are dipped before eating.
  2. Sport[Basketball.]See dunk shot. 
Etymology:
  • Pennsylvania German dunke to dip, immerse; compare German tunken, Middle High German dunken, tunken, Old High German thunkōn, dunkōn
  • 1865–70, American.
dunka•ble, adj., n. 
dunker, n. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

dunk /dʌŋk/ vb
  1. to dip (bread, etc) in tea, soup, etc, before eating
  2. to submerge or be submerged in liquid
Etymology: 20th Century: from Pennsylvania Dutch, from Middle High German dunken, from Old High German dunkōn; see duck², tinge

ˈdunker n



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