Definition of skank in English:

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Pronunciation: /skaŋk/


1A steady-paced dance performed to reggae music, characterized by rhythmically bending forward, raising the knees, and extending the hands palms-downwards.
1.1 [mass noun] Reggae music suitable for dancing the skank to.
Example sentences
  • Planet Rock needed a blast of skank and T in the Park was just the fest to provide it.
2North American informal A sleazy or unpleasant person.
Example sentences
  • I'm not super model pretty or a skank but I'm not ogre ugly either.
2.1 derogatory A promiscuous woman: the office skank
More example sentences
  • At least I didn't announce my presence to the world, or dress like a skank in a dress three sizes too small for me.
  • You're a skank, Karen, and clearly you're embracing your role.
  • Every boy wanted to go out with Jessica, even if they claimed they didn't because she was a slut, a skank, or she had a horrible personality.


1 [no object] (often as adjective skanking) Play reggae music or dance the skank: a minimal skanking guitar the boys skank while some girls wiggle skanking rhythms
More example sentences
  • The week will wrap up with some heavy skanking, as reggae dancing is known, as the Yeoville Recreational Centre comes alive with a Rasta revolution.
  • I try nodding my head, skanking in a ragga style, foot tapping and finger waggling.
  • This album will make kids think it's still cool to skank in your bedroom and not care if your mom catches you.
1.1 informal Walk or move in a sexually suggestive way.
2 [with object] informal Swindle or deceive: they made a tidy sum skanking the tourists
2.1Obtain by deception or theft: I skanked the poster off some wall


1970s: of unknown origin.

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