- to dip (bread, cake, etc.) into coffee or other liquid before eating it
- to immerse in a liquid for a short time
- Basketball to put (the ball) into the basket by means of a dunk shot
Origin of dunkGerman tunken, to steep, dip, soak from Old High German dunchôn: for Indo-European base see tinge
- a dunking; immersion
- dunk shot
verbdunked, dunk·ing, dunks
- To plunge into liquid; immerse.
- To dip (food) into a liquid food, such as a beverage or sauce, prior to eating: dunked the cookie into a glass of milk.
- Basketball To slam (a ball) through the basket from above.
- To submerge oneself briefly in water.
- Basketball To slam a ball through the basket from above.
- The act or an instance of dunking.
- A liquid or creamy food into which other foods are dunked.
- Basketball A dunk shot.
Origin of dunkPennsylvania Dutch dunke from Middle High German dunken from Old High German dunkōn
(third-person singular simple present dunks, present participle dunking, simple past and past participle dunked)
- To submerge briefly in a liquid.
- I like to dunk my donut in my coffee.
- To set down carelessly.
- Parents shouldn't just dunk their kids in front of the TV.
- (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.
- The act of dunking, particularly in basketball.
- The point guard threaded a pass with pinpoint precision to the power forward for an easy dunk.