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.
- To submerge briefly in a liquid.
- I like to dunk my donut in my apple cider.
- To set down carelessly.
- Parents shouldn't just dunk their kids in front of the TV.
- (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.
- (intransitive, Internet slang) To put down on social media [+ on (object)].
dunk (plural dunks)
- 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:
- 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.
Deverbal of dunken.
- Zij heeft geen hoge dunk van de nieuwe soep.
- She doesn't have a positive opinion about the new soup.
See the etymology of the main entry.
- a knock (impact), or the sound of such a knock
- a keg
- “dunk” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.