Definition of dunk verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    dunk

     verb
    verb
    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
     
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  1. 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. 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. 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
  4. Word Origin early 20th cent.: from Pennsylvanian German dunke ‘dip’, from German tunken ‘dip or plunge’.
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