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skunk

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noun \ ˈskəŋk \

Definition of skunk

plural skunks also skunk
1 a :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 ejected
b :the fur of a skunk
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

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Origin and Etymology of skunk

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

skunk Synonyms

Synonyms
bastard, beast, bleeder [British], blighter [chiefly British], boor, bounder, bugger, buzzard, cad, chuff, churl, clown, creep, cretin, crud [slang], crumb [slang], cur, dirtbag [slang], dog, fink, heel, hound, joker, louse, lout, pill, rat, rat fink, reptile, rotter, schmuck [slang], scum, scumbag [slang], scuzzball [slang], jerk, sleaze, sleazebag [slang], sleazeball [slang], slime, slimeball [slang], slob, snake, so-and-so, sod [chiefly British], stinkard, stinker, swine, toad, varmint, vermin
Related Words
barbarian, brute, caveman, Neanderthal, savage; loudmouth, vulgarian; lowlife, miscreant, rascal, rogue, roughneck, scab, scamp, scoundrel, villain, wretch; booby, doofus [slang], fool, jackass, nincompoop, ninny, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, nut, schmo (or schmoe) [slang]; airhead, birdbrain, blockhead, dink [slang], dolt, dope, dork [slang], goon, half-wit, idiot, imbecile, moron, turkey; brat, insolent, nuisance, pest, snip; snob, snoot, snot; dweeb [slang], nerd
Near Antonyms
hero, heroine, idol, role model; gentleman, lady; angel, saint

Other Mammals Terms


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skunk

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Definition of skunk

transitive verb
1 a :defeat
b :to prevent entirely from scoring or succeeding :shut out
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

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First Known Use of skunk

1843


Skunk

geographical name

Definition of Skunk

river 264 miles (425 kilometers) long in southeastern Iowa flowing southeast into the Mississippi River


SKUNK Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of skunk for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SKUNK Defined for Kids

skunk

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noun \ ˈskəŋk \

Definition of skunk for Students

: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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