\ ˈdəŋk How to pronounce dunk (audio) \
dunked; dunking; dunks

Definition of dunk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to dip (something, such as a piece of bread) into a beverage while eating
2 : to dip or submerge temporarily in liquid
3 : to throw (a basketball) into the basket from above the rim

intransitive verb

1 : to submerge oneself in water
2 : to make a dunk shot in basketball



Definition of dunk (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or action of dunking especially : dunk shot

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of dunk in a Sentence

Verb I like to dunk my doughnut in my coffee. She dunked him while they were swimming. He dunked the ladle into the soup. He could dunk when he was 16. Noun The pass led to a dunk.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In an earlier video, Brown can be seen playing basketball and helping people dunk by literally lifting them off the ground and up to the hoop. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 28 Apr. 2022 The irony behind the world’s leading expert at dunking on much larger men is that Morant could barely dunk before his senior year of high school. Ben Cohen, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2022 But Marcus Smart scored on a follow shot, made a jumper in transition before Brown got a steal and dunk to make it 81-72 going to the fourth. Brown kept the Nets at bay from there, repeatedly finding a 1-on-1 matchup and driving to the basket. Brian Mahoney, Hartford Courant, 23 Apr. 2022 Like 6′10″ Kevin Durant, dude wants to shoot threes and dunk. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 23 Apr. 2022 Booker grabbed at his hamstring when Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes got free for a transition dunk with 4:46 left in the third quarter. The Arizona Republic, 20 Apr. 2022 It was launched in 2020, and its peak was around the spring of 2021 when a LeBron James slam dunk paying homage to the late Kobe Bryant sold for a record $387,600. Brian Jackson, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 It’s like a guy who can dunk, who can go to the paint and who can cross people over, shooting jumpers all day long and never going hard. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 4 Apr. 2022 Smith had the highlight reel dunk against Jacksonville State, and that will be an all-time NCAA Tournament moment for the Tigers, but nothing worked against the Canes. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 21 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Celtics took the lead for good at 42-40 on a dunk from Marcus Smart with just over two minutes left in the half. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 May 2022 New York scored the final six points of the first half on a dunk and then a four-point play by Toppin. Noah Trister, Hartford Courant, 9 Apr. 2022 Cockburn finally scored on a dunk at the 12:45 mark, but that would be the Illini’s last basket until Omar Payne’s layup five minutes later. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 19 Mar. 2022 Jeremy Sochan did grab a rebound to start the play, and got credited with an assist on Mayer's dunk. Stephen Hawkins, Chron, 17 Mar. 2022 The Tide took a five-point lead on a Holt dunk with 5:21 left before Chatman scored the next nine Commodore points. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 10 Mar. 2022 After trailing 16-3, Portland briefly made a run, pulling to within 18-14 on a dunk by Kristian Sjolund. oregonlive, 6 Mar. 2022 Dominique Wilkins just jumped so high on every dunk. Justin Barber, The Conversation, 18 Feb. 2022 Newman, who injured his ankle on a dunk, added 13 points for Cincinnati, which closes out its three-game home stand Sunday against Temple. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 18 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dunk


1926, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


circa 1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dunk


Pennsylvania German dunke, from Middle High German dunken, from Old High German dunkōn — more at tinge

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“Dunk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dunk. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for dunk


\ ˈdəŋk How to pronounce dunk (audio) \
dunked; dunking

Kids Definition of dunk

1 : to dip into liquid I like to dunk my cookies in milk.
2 : to jump and push the ball down through the basket in basketball

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