EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DUNK
A glimmering of the truth came to Dunk, and his eyes narrowed.
The boys, like Dunk, had simply made the mistake of taking too much for granted.
"Say," answered the boy addressed as Dunk, grabbing the speaker by the arm.
"Guess we'll go home," said Fly, speaking for Carl and Dunk.
"And I guess we're here with our appetites to-day," put in Dunk.
"Dunk and Fly are coming along with one," responded the captain.
"You can't beat that anywhere in the world," said Dunk, proudly.
"Hello," he broke in, as Dunk appeared some yards from the house.
Dunk gave them a swift, sour look from under his eyebrows and went on.
"Since you see me here, I suppose I am," Dunk made churlish response.
1919, American English, from Pennsylvania German dunke "to dip," from Middle High German dunken, from Old High German dunkon, thunkon "to soak," from PIE root *teng- "to soak" (see tincture).
Basketball sense is first recorded 1937 as a verb, 1971 as a noun (earlier dunk shot). German-American Anabaptist sect of Dunkers (who baptize with triple immersion) first recorded by that name 1756.