Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of the German Baptist Brethren, a group of German-American Baptists opposed to military service and the taking of legal oaths.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of a religious denomination whose tenets and practices are mainly those of the Baptists, but partly those of the Quakers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. One of a religious denomination whose tenets and practices are mainly those of the Baptists, but partly those of the Quakers; -- called also Tunkers, Dunkards, Dippers, and, by themselves, Brethren, and German Baptists, and they call their denomination the Church of the Brethren.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of a sect of German-American Baptists, so named from their manner of baptism.
  • n. Same as duncur.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an eater who dips food into a liquid before eating it
  • n. a basketball player who is able to make dunk shots
  • n. an adherent of Baptistic doctrines (who practice baptism by immersion)

Etymologies

Pennsylvania Dutch, from dunke, to dunk (from the practice of baptism by immersion); see dunk.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Eberhard Freiherr von Medem Berlin: Dunker & Humblot, 1991, 18.

    Bloodlust

  • More NBA China Real Time: NBA Dunker Straddles China-U.S. Divide On Sunday, Mr. Anthony was non-committal on nearly every topic, even refusing to rule out the unlikely scenario that he stays in Denver.

    After Weekend of Meetings, Anthony Ready for Deal

  • With great sadness, I report the death of list member Stephen Dunker of What Goes 'Round books in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

    Report from the Front - Death of a bookman

  • A quest is not to be undertaken lightly — or at all! — pondered Hlothgar, Thrag of the Western Boglands, son of Glothar, nephew of Garthol, known far and wide as Skull Dunker, as he wielded his chesty stallion Hralgoth through the ever-darkening Thlargwood, beyond which, if he survived its horrors and if Hroglath the royal spittle reader spoke true, his destiny awaited — all this though his years numbered but fourteen.

    Campbell and Strugeon Full Details

  • Since according to its statutes only former front-line soldiers were eligible to join the RjF, the sports groups were merely affiliated with the RjF, and were thus “not strictly part of the RjF” (Dunker 1977, 103).

    Sports in Germany: 1898-1938.

  • When the young man's turn came, the Dunker held him under so long that he thought he would black out.

    Evan Eisenberg: Mary Christ (Part 2)

  • Since the Dunker preached against Antipas for marrying his own wife's sister, he has been a wanted man.

    Evan Eisenberg: Mary Christ (Part 2)

  • When he had wandered from Yerushalayim, but before he came to the Dunker, he stayed some weeks with a group of Essenes near Ein Gedi.

    Evan Eisenberg: Mary Christ (Part 5)

  • The fighting abated around Dunker Church and East and West woods, but was not stilled.

    Cavalryman of the Lost Cause

  • He had had a horse shot under him and a courier killed by his side while near Dunker Church.59

    Cavalryman of the Lost Cause

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