dunk

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See also: Dunk and dünk

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Pennsylvania German dunke, from Middle High German dunken, from Old High German dunkōn (to dip, submerge, dunk), from Proto-West Germanic *þunkōn (to make wet), possibly from Proto-Germanic *þunkōną, from Proto-Indo-European *teng- (to moisten, wet). Cognate with German tunken (to dunk), Latin tingō (to wet, moisten), Ancient Greek τέγγω (téngō, to wet, moisten). Related to taint, tincture, tint.

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dunk (third-person singular simple present dunks, present participle dunking, simple past and past participle dunked)

  1. To submerge briefly in a liquid.
    I like to dunk my donut in my apple cider.
  2. To set down carelessly.
    Parents shouldn't just dunk their kids in front of the TV.
  3. (transitive, intransitive, basketball) To put the ball directly downward through the hoop while grabbing onto the rim with power.
    The center spun quickly and dunked the ball with authority.
  4. (intransitive, Internet slang) To put down on social media [+ on (object)].

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Noun[edit]

dunk (plural dunks)

  1. The act of dunking, particularly in basketball.
    • 2009 August 18, Natalie Angier, “Brain Is a Co-Conspirator in a Vicious Stress Loop”, in New York Times[1]:
      To rattle the rats to the point where their stress response remained demonstrably hyperactive, the researchers exposed the animals to four weeks of varying stressors: moderate electric shocks, being encaged with dominant rats, prolonged dunks in water.
    The point guard threaded a pass with pinpoint precision to the power forward for an easy dunk.

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /dʏŋk/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: dunk
  • Rhymes: -ʏŋk

Etymology 1[edit]

Deverbal of dunken.

Noun[edit]

dunk m (uncountable, diminutive dunkje n)

  1. opinion
    Zij heeft geen hoge dunk van de nieuwe soep.
    She doesn't have a positive opinion about the new soup.

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from English dunk

Noun[edit]

dunk m (plural dunks, diminutive dunkje n)

  1. (basketball) dunk

Etymology 3[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

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dunk

  1. first-person singular present indicative of dunken
  2. imperative of dunken

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dunk m (definite singular dunken, indefinite plural dunkar, definite plural dunkane)
dunk n (definite singular dunket, indefinite plural dunk, definite plural dunka)

  1. a knock (impact), or the sound of such a knock

Etymology 2[edit]

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dunk m (definite singular dunken, indefinite plural dunkar, definite plural dunkane)

  1. a keg

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dunk

  1. jerry can

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