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skunk

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noun \ˈskəŋk\

Simple Definition of skunk

  • : a small black-and-white North American animal that produces a very strong and unpleasant smell when it is frightened or in danger

  • : a very bad or unpleasant person

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of skunk

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skunks

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skunk

  1. 1a :  any of various common omnivorous black-and-white New World mammals (especially genus Mephitis) of the weasel family that have a pair of perineal glands from which a secretion of pungent and offensive odor is ejectedb :  the fur of a skunk

  2. 2 :  an obnoxious or disliked person

Examples of skunk in a sentence

  1. Her brother's a low-down, dirty skunk.

  2. <he's nothing but a dirty, rotten skunk>



Illustration of skunk

Origin and Etymology of skunk

earlier squuncke, from a Massachusett reflex of Algonquian *šeka·kwa, from šek- urinate + -a·kw fox, fox-like animal


First Known Use: 1634

Other Mammals Terms


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skunk

transitive verb

Definition of skunk

  1. 1a :  defeatb :  to prevent entirely from scoring or succeeding :  shut out

  2. 2 :  to fail to pay; also :  cheat



Examples of skunk in a sentence

  1. <we ended up skunking them, as our goalie was able to prevent the other team from scoring a single goal>

  2. <our football team consistently skunks our traditional rivals Thanksgiving after Thanksgiving>



1843

First Known Use of skunk

1843

Rhymes with skunk


Skunk

geographical name

Definition of Skunk

  1. river 264 miles (425 kilometers) SE Iowa flowing SE into Mississippi River





SKUNK Defined for Kids

skunk

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noun \ˈskəŋk\

Definition of skunk for Students

  1. :  a North American animal related to the weasels that has coarse black-and-white fur and can squirt out a fluid with a very unpleasant smell





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