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


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


verb (1)
skanked; skanking; skanks

Definition of skank (Entry 3 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to dance the skank


verb (2)
skanked; skanking; skanks

Definition of skank (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

: 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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