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dunk

verb \ ˈdəŋk \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of dunk

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

Examples of dunk in a Sentence

  1. I like to dunk my doughnut in my coffee.

  2. She dunked him while they were swimming.

  3. He dunked the ladle into the soup.

  4. He could dunk when he was 16.

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Origin and Etymology of dunk

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

dunk Synonyms


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dunk

noun

Definition of dunk

:the act or action of dunking; especially :dunk shot

Examples of dunk in a Sentence

  1. The pass led to a dunk.

Recent Examples of dunk from the Web

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First Known Use of dunk

circa 1944

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DUNK Defined for English Language Learners

dunk

verb

Definition of dunk for English Language Learners

  • : to dip (food) quickly into a liquid (such as coffee or milk) while eating

  • : to push (someone or something) under water or other liquid for a short amount of time

  • basketball : to jump high in the air and push (the ball) down through the basket


dunk

noun

Definition of dunk for English Language Learners

  • basketball : a shot that is made by jumping high in the air and pushing the ball down through the basket


DUNK Defined for Kids

dunk

verb \ ˈdəŋk \

Definition of dunk for Students

dunked; dunking
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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