Definition of skunk in English:
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 toward its attacker.
- Mephitis and other genera, family Mustelidae: several species, in particular the striped skunk (M. mephitis)
- 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.
verb[with object] North American informal Back to top
1Defeat (someone) overwhelmingly in a game or contest, especially by preventing them from scoring at all.
- 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.
mid 17th century: from Massachusett squunck; cognate forms occur in many other American Indian languages.
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