Skunk

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English

Noun

Skunk (plural Skunks)
  1. Any of various small mammals, of the family Mephitidae, native to North and Central America, having a glossy black with a white coat and two musk glands at the base of the tail for emitting a noxious smell as a defensive measure.
  2. (slang) A despicable person.
  3. (slang) A type of strong marijuana.
  4. (slang) A walkover victory in sports or board games, as when the opposing side is unable to score. Compare shutout.
  5. (slang) A skinhead who is also a punk.
  6. cribbage: A win by 30 or more points. (Double skunk > 60 points, triple skunk >90.).

Derived terms

Verb

Skunk (third-person singular simple present Skunks, present participle Skunking, simple past and past participle Skunked)

  1. (cribbage) To win by 30 or more points.
  2. (intransitive) (of beer) to go bad, to spoil

See also

Verbs for Skunk

rear—; skin—; trap—; —burrows; —con¬trols; —denies; —depredates; —digs; — ejects; —exudes; —grunts; —hibernates; — inhabits; —plagues; —preys on; —robs; — secretes; —squirts; —stalks; —stinks.

Thesaurus

Cape polecat, animal, ape, bar, bear, beast, beat, blank, bulldoze, cavy, chimp, chimpanzee, clobber, coon, cream, cur, defeat utterly, dog, drub, ferret, foumart, glutton, groundhog, guinea pig, hedgehog, hound, hyena, insect, lambaste, larrup, lick, mongrel, monk, monkey, mousehound, opossum, overbear, overwhelm, paste, pig, polecat, porcupine, possum, prairie dog, prick, quill pig, raccoon, reptile, rotten egg, schmear, scum, serpent, shellac, shit, shithead, shut out, smear, snake, snow under, steamroller, stink ball, stink bomb, stinkard, stinker, stinkpot, swine, thrash, toad, turd, varmint, vermin, viper, warning sign, weasel, whelm, whelp, whistle-pig, whitewash, whomp, whop, wolverine, woodchuck, worm, zoril

Etymology

From earlier squunck, from Abenaki segonku (he who squirts / urinates), from Proto-Algonquian *šeka:kwa, from *šek- (to urinate) + *-a:kw (fox).

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ʌŋk

Translations

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Swedish

Noun

Skunk c.

  1. a skunk

Declension