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).
- 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.
2 informal short for skunkweed.
- 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.
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
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- 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 Abnaki segankw; variants occur in many other American Indian dialects.
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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