- 1[transitive] dunk something (in/into something) to put food quickly into liquid before eating it She sat reading a magazine, dunking cookies in her coffee.
- 2[transitive] dunk somebody/something (especially North American English) to push somebody underwater for a short time, as a joke; to put something into water The camera survived being dunked in the river.
- 3[intransitive, transitive] dunk (something) (in basketball) to jump very high and put the ball through the basket with great force from above See related entries: Basketball Word Origin early 20th cent.: from Pennsylvanian German dunke
BrE BrE//dʌŋk//; NAmE NAmE//dʌŋk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dunk
BrE BrE//dʌŋk//; NAmE NAmE//dʌŋk//he / she / it dunks
BrE BrE//dʌŋks//; NAmE NAmE//dʌŋks//past simple dunked
BrE BrE//dʌŋkt//; NAmE NAmE//dʌŋkt//past participle dunked
BrE BrE//dʌŋkt//; NAmE NAmE//dʌŋkt//-ing form dunking
BrE BrE//ˈdʌŋkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʌŋkɪŋ//Basketball