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
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.
Words that rhyme with skunkbunk, chunk, clunk, drunk, dunk, flunk, funk, gunk, hunk, Monck, monk, plunk, shrunk, slunk, stunk, sunk, thunk, trunk
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