Dunk·er (dŭngkər) also Dun·kard (-kərd)
A member of the German Baptist Brethren, a group of German American Baptists opposed to military service and the taking of legal oaths.
[Pennsylvania Dutch, from dunke, to dunk (from the practice of baptism by immersion); see DUNK.]
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