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 For every gravity-defying dunker or three-point sniper dazzling you on the court, there are thousands of dreams deferred by the obstacles of life that Hoop Dreams gives audiences a fly-on-the-wall view of in soul-crushing detail. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 29 July 2022 Andrew Moran, a skills coach who works with Williams, sees him as more than a dunker and rim protector and said that N.B.A. teams would be surprised by the fluidity and accuracy of his outside shot. New York Times, 20 June 2022 And if opposing teams go small instead to try to counter Williamson's bounce, Gobert in the dunker spot will feast more than Valanciunas ever could. Mark Deeks, Forbes, 1 June 2022 The 6-foot-9, 200-pound forward is already one of Kentucky's best defensive players and the team's most athletic dunker. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 31 May 2022 Of the five players who left the team in recent weeks, by far the biggest loss was Franklin, an athletic 6-foot-7 dunker who averaged 12.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game last season. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 6 May 2022 Meanwhile, stationing him in the dunker's spot allows Miami to pack the paint and cut off driving lanes for James Harden, Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris. Bryan Toporek, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Griner is a six-time All-Star, won consecutive WNBA Defensive Player of the Year awards in 2014-15 and is the most prolific dunker in WNBA history. John Marshall, ajc, 7 May 2022 Fun fact: Junior 6-1 forward Francesca Belibi is the only dunker currently playing women’s college basketball, having dunked twice last season. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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6 Aug 2022

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“Dunker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dunker. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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