Definition of skunk in English:

skunk

noun

  • 1A cat-sized American mammal of the weasel family, with distinctive black-and-white striped fur. When threatened it squirts a fine spray of foul-smelling irritant liquid from its anal glands towards its attacker.

    • ‘He also can't smell skunk so I'm not sure what I expect.’
    • ‘Burrows are also often shared with other mammals such as rabbits, skunks and possums.’
    • ‘The weasel family includes such colourful characters as otters, wolverines, skunks, minks and badgers.’
    • ‘Then again, does the smell of a skunk's spray necessarily follow the skunk out of the room?’
    • ‘The number of rabid skunks documented in Texas was relatively low through the 1990s.’
    • ‘Like that amorous skunk Pepé Le Pew, you're determined to make a luscious someone yours, even if she thinks you're stinky.’
    • ‘The spray from a skunk will not cause permanent blindness.’
    • ‘She laughed and laughed while father told her about the time he got sprayed by a skunk.’
    • ‘At birth, baby striped skunks are blind, deaf, and extremely immature.’
    • ‘Something about it was not what I'm used to, but it still smelled like skunk.’
    • ‘Striped skunks sometimes eat crops and raid chicken pens, though this is rare.’
    • ‘No, I lived in the city, and I knew the smell of skunk quite well.’
    • ‘The thought of a bar on a Saturday night was as appealing as a dead skunk.’
    • ‘All kinds of critters like to dine on poultry, including raccoons, skunks, opossums, weasels, foxes, coyotes, dogs and feral cats.’
    • ‘There was, it turned out, a dead, bloated skunk trapped just beneath one of the storm sewer grates in the alley next to our house.’
    • ‘Outside there would be the pervasive odor of skunk.’
    • ‘They can be shot or trapped or otherwise killed as a nuisance animal, like gophers, skunks or weasels, Holsten said.’
    • ‘There is only a dead skunk where water on road would be.’
    • ‘Striped skunks use scent marking to communicate presence and reproductive state to other skunks.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The fur of the skunk.
      • ‘After purchasing a cap made of skunk fur and unable to hold any more purchases, he found himself back at the kissing booth.’
    2. 1.2informal A contemptible person.
      ‘he'd run up a massive phone bill and hadn't paid—the skunk’
      • ‘Some talk as if you were the skunk at the garden party.’
      • ‘I got some arranging to do and we don't want that skunk to know we smell him yet.’
      • ‘I can't believe that stinky skunk hung up on me!’
      • ‘He's a wily, nefarious skunk, is what he is, gang.’
      scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doer
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  • 2informal

    short for skunkweed
    • ‘I smoke high quality hybrid cannabis like skunk, northern lights and purple haze.’
    • ‘Officers entered the room and discovered a small quantity of skunk in a plastic bag, in Crook's jacket pocket, which was hung over a chair.’
    • ‘‘It's some of the best skunk around - it'll blow your head off,’ he said.’
    • ‘They introduced a new kind of cannabis class A skunk.’
    • ‘Officers then searched his home and found seven bags of skunk cannabis and cocaine weighing 18.1g.’
    • ‘This was one of the largest skunk cannabis factories ever discovered in mainland UK.’
    • ‘After their arrest eight days later, they said they had taken cocaine, cannabis skunk and alcohol before the robbery.’
    • ‘A former fugitive accused of bankrolling a massive skunk cannabis factory at an airfield near Selby has pleaded guilty to being concerned in the production of cannabis.’
    • ‘She noticed several years ago that drawing on strong Jamaican skunk suddenly and temporarily enabled her to see things clearly.’
    • ‘You'll send a guy with a stud in his tongue and a bag of skunk in his back pocket to talk to them.’
    • ‘Someone asked me for two pounds, in exchange for which he would provide me with a bit of skunk.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]North American
informal
  • 1Defeat (someone) overwhelmingly in a game or contest, especially by preventing them from scoring at all.

    ‘I knew he was a good fisherman, but I didn't expect him to skunk you’
    • ‘When I got to the gate I found all of the outlets already in use - skunked again!’
    • ‘We don't always get skunked on these expeditions.’
    • ‘If weather skunked our 14-day road trip, we would at least hit the most spectacular ski area in Canada.’
    • ‘After that, we went to play a round of pool so that I could redeem myself, and we both thought for a bit that I was going to skunk him.’
    • ‘Been skunked a few times this year, even though you used your favorite rod, went to your super-secret spot and wore your lucky underwear?’
    • ‘Just as Lola was about to skunk Sherice with her peg points the doorbell rang.’
    defeat, beat, best, get the better of, gain the advantage over, prevail over, triumph over, gain a victory over, trounce, rout, thrash, drub, vanquish, conquer, master, overcome, overwhelm, overpower, overthrow, crush, subdue, subjugate
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  • 2dated Fail to pay (a bill or creditor)

    ‘he made a practice of skunking hotels’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Abnaki segankw; variants occur in many other American Indian dialects.

Pronunciation

skunk

/skʌŋk/