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Dictionary Definition

dunk n : a basketball shot in which the basketball is propelled downward into the basket [syn: dunk shot, stuff shot]


1 immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate; "dip the garment into the cleaning solution"; "dip the brush into the paint" [syn: dip, souse, plunge, douse]
2 make a dunk shot, in basketball; "He dunked the ball"
3 dip into a liquid while eating; "She dunked the piece of bread in the sauce" [syn: dip]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To submerge briefly in a liquid.
    I like to dunk my donut in my coffee.
  2. To set down carelessly.
    Parents shouldn't just dunk their kids in front of the TV.
  3. (also intransitive) To put the ball directly downward through the hoop while grabbing onto the rom with power.
    The center spun quickly and dunked the ball with authority.


  1. The act of dunking, particularly in basketball.
    The point guard threaded a pass with pinpoint precision to the power forward for an easy dunk.

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Extensive Definition

Dunk is a term originating in the United States of America which can mean many things:

Slam dunk

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