lun·​ker | \ ˈləŋ-kər How to pronounce lunker (audio) \

Definition of lunker

: something large of its kind used especially of a game fish

Examples of lunker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And how did lunker rainbow trout wind up in Spirit Lake, anyway? Anchorage Daily News, "Mount St. Helens’ mysteries still astound scientists, 40 years after historic eruption," 18 May 2020 Wirtz sped his spin, moved around a strand of trees and gently flicked the lure just beyond the lunkers, hoping to entice a strike. John Marshall, azcentral, "Community fishing's a popular outlet during pandemic," 6 May 2020 Maupin’s fish was the fourth and final Legacy-class lunker entered statewide during the program’s 2020 spawning phase, which ended March 31. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "No social distancing for this bass: Cypress angler lands only ShareLunker reported after coronavirus outbreak," 12 Apr. 2020 Maupin’s fish was the fourth and final Legacy class lunker entered statewide during the program’s 2020 spawning phase, which ended March 31. Matt Williams,, "Pandemic concerns lead father, son to huge score," 11 Apr. 2020 Patagonia is the land of lunkers—huge seagoing brown trout, steelhead, Pacific salmon—in big rivers that demand finesse and serious casting chops. Neil King, WSJ, "In Patagonia, a Master Class in Fly-Fishing (Beginners Welcome)," 5 Mar. 2020 The lunker bunkers at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens opened for business Jan. 1. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Quest for super bass going strong," 18 Jan. 2020 The lunkers are released after a few photos, while smaller cats are kept for the pan. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: Plenty of good fishing during holidays," 20 Dec. 2019 Guide Reed Montgomery says late October and November are prime times to catch a lunker bass from Lake Wedowee, south of Anniston on the Tallapoosa River. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: What’s biting on Alabama lakes and rivers right now?," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of lunker

1867, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lunker

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“Lunker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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