skunky

adjective
\ ˈskəŋ-kē How to pronounce skunky (audio) \
skunkier; skunkiest

Definition of skunky

: having a rancid smell or taste suggestive of a skunk skunky beer

Examples of skunky in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But, this skunky smell repels deer and other pests that eat bulbs. Nicole Bradley, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 Rhys drank heavily to palliate her burdens, and was known for tirades and other skunky behavior. New York Times, 20 June 2022 Residents complained about skunky water, but Snyder's environmental agency insisted the water was safe until a doctor in 2015 reported elevated lead levels in children. Ed White, Detroit Free Press, 23 Feb. 2021 Despite desperate pleas from residents holding jugs of discolored, skunky water, the Snyder administration took no significant action until a doctor reported elevated lead levels in children about 18 months later. David Eggert, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Jan. 2021 At the south end of the county in Carpinteria, the skunky odor of marijuana pours out the open vents of steel-frame greenhouses that the cut flower industry used for decades. Joe Mozingo, chicagotribune.com, 26 Aug. 2019 Lipa invoked further nostalgia for the '90s above the neck with a dusty rose nude lip, hint of contour, and a skunky two-toned knot, her face framed by a duo of platinum blonde wisps while swathes of jet-black stood out against her bleached lengths. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 6 Nov. 2019 In fact, the legions of nature’s stinkiest critters that have waged a decade-plus-long war against the area’s stupidly curious dogs were the inspiration behind the several blocks of schlocky inflatable Christmas decorations of the skunky kind. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, 13 Dec. 2019 At the south end of the county in Carpinteria, the skunky odor of marijuana pours out the open vents of steel-frame greenhouses that the cut flower industry used for decades. Joe Mozingo, chicagotribune.com, 26 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of skunky

1868, in the meaning defined above

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26 Sep 2022

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“Skunky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skunky. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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