Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To plunge into liquid; immerse.
  • intransitive verb To dip (food) into a liquid food, such as a beverage or sauce, prior to eating.
  • intransitive verb Basketball To slam (a ball) through the basket from above.
  • intransitive verb To submerge oneself briefly in water.
  • intransitive verb Basketball To slam a ball through the basket from above.
  • noun The act or an instance of dunking.
  • noun A liquid or creamy food into which other foods are dunked.
  • noun Basketball A dunk shot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To submerge briefly in a liquid.
  • verb To set down carelessly.
  • verb transitive, intransitive, basketball To put the ball directly downward through the hoop while grabbing onto the rim with power.
  • noun The act of dunking, particularly in basketball.

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

  • noun a basketball shot in which the basketball is propelled downward into the basket
  • verb immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate
  • verb dip into a liquid while eating
  • verb make a dunk shot, in basketball

Etymologies

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

[Pennsylvania Dutch dunke, from Middle High German dunken, from Old High German dunkōn.]

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