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noun (1)

dunk·​er ˈdəŋ-kər How to pronounce dunker (audio)
: one that dunks
especially : a basketball player who makes dunk shots


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noun (2)

Dun·​ker ˈdəŋ-kər How to pronounce Dunker (audio)
variants or Dunkard
: 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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Griner is also the most prolific dunker in the WNBA. Dallas News, 5 Mar. 2022 Brittney Griner is far and away the most prolific dunker in WNBA history. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 10 July 2023 Gordon often plays offense in that dunker spot along the baseline near the backboard. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 10 June 2023 This year, Trey Murphy III, Kenyon Martin Jr., Mac McClung and Jericho Sims represent this year’s young quartet of dunkers. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 18 Feb. 2023 With Antetokounmpo sidelined with a back injury, Lopez kicked off the first quarter shooting 7 of 8 from the field for 14 points, making a living in the dunker and making Miami pay dearly for not really having anyone to stop him. Lori Nickel, Journal Sentinel, 20 Apr. 2023 What makes Jacob Toppin an elite dunker? Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 31 May 2022 Primarily just a dunker. oregonlive, 7 Dec. 2020 Some of the league’s highest-flying young stars will be on display tonight in the 2023 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, which crowns the league’s most creative dunker each year. oregonlive, 18 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

dunk entry 1

Noun (2)

Pennsylvania German Dunker, from dunke

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1919, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1744, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dunker was in 1744

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Cite this Entry

“Dunker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dunker. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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