noun (1)
dunk·​er | \ ˈdəŋ-kər How to pronounce dunker (audio) \

Definition of dunker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that dunks especially : a basketball player who makes dunk shots


noun (2)
Dun·​ker | \ ˈdəŋ-kər How to pronounce Dunker (audio) \
variants: or Dunkard \ ˈdəŋ-​kərd How to pronounce Dunker (audio) \

Definition of Dunker (Entry 2 of 2)

: a member of the Church of the Brethren or any of several other originally German Baptist denominations practicing trine immersion and love feasts and refusing to take oaths or to perform military service

Examples of dunker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Notice how Jackson steps up to cut off the rim, while Leonard switches to Favors in the dunker spot. Shane Young, Forbes, 16 June 2021 And most of all the flexing triple-glare, not only by the dunker, Kawhi Leonard, but also teammates Marcus Morris Sr. and Paul George. Dallas News, 24 May 2021 He’s not an outside shooter, more of an athletic dunker and rebounder. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 26 Mar. 2021 Fran Belibi is the Bay Area’s first female college dunker. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Mar. 2021 Ball has found a connection with Bridges, who might be the best in-game dunker in the league, an alley-oops. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2021 The dunk contest takes a toll on the participants and this would be especially true for such a forceful, powerful dunker as Williamson. Christopher Dodson, Forbes, 5 Mar. 2021 Gordon stands alone as the league's best dunker without a crown. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 5 Mar. 2021 Despite not starting full-time for the Hornets anymore, the 22-year-old power dunker is providing consistent production off the bench, netting 9.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Morten Jensen, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of dunker

Noun (1)

1919, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1744, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dunker

Noun (1)

dunk entry 1

Noun (2)

Pennsylvania German Dunker, from dunke

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19 Jun 2021

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“Dunker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dunker. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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