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

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The inning got away from Bassitt beginning with Ronald Guzman’s subsequent dunker just beyond shortstop. Jeff Miller, The Mercury News, "A’s go quiet in second game of doubleheader sweep, lose 3-1 to Rangers," 8 June 2019 Even if Jackson isn’t sending floaters into the fifth row, pinning layups on the glass or turning back would-be dunkers, a 7’5’’ wingspan enables him to assert himself as a drive-deterring presence around the basket. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "NBA Draft Debates: Marvin Bagley III, Mohamed Bamba or Jaren Jackson Jr?," 25 May 2018 The opening night of the Fairfax basketball tournament produced the usual jockeying for space under the basket, with five videographers determined to capture the best dunk from Sierra Canyon’s group of dunkers. Eric Sondheimer, latimes.com, "Ziaire Williams is exciting junior basketball player for Sherman Oaks Notre Dame," 26 June 2018 Donovan Mitchell Best Dunks of the Season | 2018 Dunk Contest Participant The title of NBA's top dunker is on the line Saturday when four young high-fliers compete for the 2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest crown. Sean Meagher, OregonLive.com, "NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2018: Date, time, TV channel, how to watch live stream," 13 Feb. 2018 In addition to teammates with more experience and a surer touch on 3-pointers and the size to discourage opposing dunkers, tippers and layers-up, LeBron James on Friday night needed a cut man. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Bloodied LeBron James, struggling Cavaliers teammates fall, 121-87, in Game 6 -- Bill Livingston (photos)," 28 Apr. 2018 Williamson, five-star prospect and dunker du jour, is here at the HoopHall Classic, live on ESPN and one week away from his college commitment. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "NBA Draft Dispatch: Zion Williamson's Decision, HoopHall Standouts and More," 16 Jan. 2018 One of the league’s top dunkers in his time, Kemp writes on several topics, including his hope that the NBA returns to Seattle after the franchise left for Oklahoma City in 2008. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "NBA great Shawn Kemp vs. Bad Boys, Bill Laimbeer: It didn't go well," 24 Apr. 2018 Ferocious dunker Russell Westbrook showed no mercy to 6-foot-10 Celtics big man Aron Baynes during the Thunder’s game at TD Garden on Tuesday night. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Russell Westbrook almost dunked on defender who was tying his shoe," 20 Mar. 2018

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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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