Definition of skunk in English:

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Pronunciation: /skʌŋk/


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.
  • Mephitis and other genera, family Mustelidae: several species, in particular the striped skunk (M. mephitis).
Example sentences
  • The weasel family includes such colourful characters as otters, wolverines, skunks, minks and badgers.
  • All kinds of critters like to dine on poultry, including raccoons, skunks, opossums, weasels, foxes, coyotes, dogs and feral cats.
  • The spray from a skunk will not cause permanent blindness.
1.1 [mass noun] The fur of the skunk.
Example sentences
  • After purchasing a cap made of skunk fur and unable to hold any more purchases, he found himself back at the kissing booth.
1.2 informal A contemptible person: he’d run up a massive phone bill and hadn’t paid—the skunk
More example sentences
  • I can't believe that stinky skunk hung up on me!
  • Some talk as if you were the skunk at the garden party.
  • He's a wily, nefarious skunk, is what he is, gang.
2 informal short for skunkweed.
Example sentences
  • They introduced a new kind of cannabis class A skunk.
  • After their arrest eight days later, they said they had taken cocaine, cannabis skunk and alcohol before the robbery.
  • I smoke high quality hybrid cannabis like skunk, northern lights and purple haze.


[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
More example sentences
  • 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?
  • If weather skunked our 14-day road trip, we would at least hit the most spectacular ski area in Canada.
2 dated Fail to pay (a bill or creditor): he made a practice of skunking hotels


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

Words that rhyme with skunk

bunk, chunk, clunk, drunk, dunk, flunk, funk, gunk, hunk, Monck, monk, plunk, shrunk, slunk, stunk, sunk, thunk, trunk

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