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 Dunkard (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 Alter: Premier wing player as a go-to scorer, facilitator and a heck of a dunker. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons all-time draft: Both rosters stacked with studs, but which team wins?," 18 June 2020 That hasn’t been the case with Miles Bridges, who had a solid rookie year and joined the elite-dunkers crowd. ... Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "How NBA Eastern Conference stacks up: Predictions, team-by-team analysis," 20 Oct. 2019 The upshot was that Minnesota studied the tape and saw a dink-and-dunker in Foles; Pederson threw a changeup that would have made Clayton Kershaw proud, and the Vikings secondary wasn’t ready for it. Peter King, SI.com, "His Career Forged in Darkness, Eagles Coach Doug Pederson Ready for Spotlight of Super Bowl 52," 28 Jan. 2018 Ours combines tangy lime juice with sweet-sour rice vinegar and soy sauce for a delicious, zesty dunker that perks up the crunchy vegetable appetizer. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Summer Rolls," 10 Apr. 2020 Year after year, the best spot for shoreline bait dunkers is often the first dock out of the marina. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Sunday Getaway to Lake Chabot in Castro Valley," 1 Mar. 2020 Both dunkers then scored 50s in the second round, meaning Connaughton was eliminated. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Bucks' Pat Connaughton unable to gain enough approval of judges to make finals of dunk contest," 15 Feb. 2020 While Mitchell was the night’s steadiest dunker, his work was easy to nitpick using recent comparisons. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "The 2018 Dunk Contest Participants Overreliance on the Past Makes for An Uninspiring Night," 18 Feb. 2018 Westbrook is a vicious dunker who is more about power and authority than creativity. USA TODAY, "LeBron and Zion? Here are five players we wish were in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest," 10 Feb. 2020

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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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30 Jun 2020

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“Dunker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dunker. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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