lun·​ker ˈləŋ-kər How to pronounce lunker (audio)
: something large of its kind
used especially of a game fish

Examples of lunker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Learn more › The best fishing line for bass is often overlooked, but one of the most critical pieces of gear to catch lunkers. Jerry Audet, Field & Stream, 11 Apr. 2023 Those lunker walleye, which had been difficult to find during the recent walleye fishing derbies on Lake Erie, are now showing up in angler’s coolers. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 9 Dec. 2022 The bass challenge was unique in that it was held on two Aqua Ohio private lakes in the Mahoning Valley, Evans and Pine lakes, which are known for their lunker largemouth bass and chunky northern pike. cleveland, 9 June 2022 The record for a flathead, or shovelhead, catfish was a 76.5-pound lunker weighed at Clendening Reservoir in 1979. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 7 July 2022 The latter bait is also noted for producing an occasional lunker seatrout. Frank Sargeant, al, 1 Dec. 2021 That came to mind when Faruq K. Abdul-Kahliq of the Cleveland Metroparks Youth Outdoors Program landed a hefty sheepshead, or freshwater drum, the other day and provided a photo of the lunker. cleveland, 2 Sep. 2021 As in all King Kat events, the lunker cats were released after weigh-in. Frank Sargeant, al, 21 Apr. 2021 Through the years, a five-pound fish became my definition of a lunker. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, 1 June 2021 See More

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lunker was in 1867

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“Lunker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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