\ˈskiŋk \
skinked; skinking; skinks

Definition of skink 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

chiefly dialectal

: to draw, pour out, or serve (drink)



Definition of skink (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of a family (Scincidae) of typically small insectivorous lizards with long tapering bodies

Examples of skink in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Overall, the study suggests that there is some evolutionary advantage for having green blood that skinks from various habitats all developed over time. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "These Lizards Evolved Toxic Green Blood," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The skinks kept their tongues concealed for as long as possible. Shane Black, National Geographic, "This Lizard Has a Blue, Ultraviolet Tongue—Here’s Why," 8 June 2018 One of my most irrational fears, besides skinks and jumping off of things, is lash curlers. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Hourglass's New Caution Extreme Lash Mascara Is Like a Lash Lift in a Tube," 10 July 2018 But if your family is in the mood to see a larger array of creatures, check out the Star Eco Station in Culver City, a rescue center that houses all sorts of animals, including Solomon Island skinks, bobcats and box turtles. Alice Short,, "School's out! 12 fun things for kids (and adults) to do this summer," 22 June 2018 But not all of the skinks with green innards are green on the outside. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "These Lizards Evolved Toxic Green Blood," 17 May 2018 Authorities followed a tip that led them to Price's apartment, where the animals, including a squirrel monkey, a skink, three box turtles and two red-foot tortoises, were discovered. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Florida man harbored zoo animals in apartment, police said," 6 June 2018 Surprisingly, the green-blooded skinks were not closely related. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "These Lizards Evolved Toxic Green Blood," 17 May 2018 Along with the Burmese Python, Andersen brought an armadillo, a chinchilla, a leopard tortoise and an Australian blue-tongued skink. Lisa Dejong,, "Outback Ray's Amazing Animal Show (photos)," 5 Mar. 2018 In Australia, yellow-bellied three-toed skinks that live in higher, colder regions bear live young, while those in warmer lowlands lay eggs, which are harder to keep warm under cold conditions. National Geographic, "Oh Baby! Which Animal Families Lay Eggs and Live Birth?," 16 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of skink


1866, in the meaning defined above


1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skink


Middle English, from Middle Dutch schenken; akin to Old English scencan to pour out drink and probably to scanca shank


Latin scincus, from Greek skinkos

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