skank

noun (1)
\ ˈskaŋk How to pronounce skank (audio) \

Definition of skank

 (Entry 1 of 4)

slang, disparaging
: a person and especially a woman of low or sleazy character

skank

noun (2)

Definition of skank (Entry 2 of 4)

: a rhythmic dance performed by swinging the arms while bending the knees especially to reggae or ska also : the music for this dance

skank

verb (1)
skanked; skanking; skanks

Definition of skank (Entry 3 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to dance the skank

skank

verb (2)
skanked; skanking; skanks

Definition of skank (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

slang
: to bungle (a stroke) in golf

First Known Use of skank

Noun (1)

1964, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1974, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

1973, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1990, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skank

Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

Jamaican English

Verb (2)

probably alteration of shank entry 2

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“Skank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skank. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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