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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rotter, dirty dog, rat, skunk, stinker, stinkpot, bum, puke, crumb, lowlife, scum bag, so-and-so, gitnoun

    a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible

    "only a rotter would do that"; "kill the rat"; "throw the bum out"; "you cowardly little pukes!"; "the British call a contemptible person a `git'"

  2. shutout, skunknoun

    a defeat in a game where one side fails to score

  3. pot, grass, green goddess, dope, weed, gage, sess, sens, smoke, skunk, locoweed, Mary Janenoun

    street names for marijuana

  4. skunk, polecat, wood pussyverb

    American musteline mammal typically ejecting an intensely malodorous fluid when startled; in some classifications put in a separate subfamily Mephitinae

  5. lurch, skunkverb

    defeat by a lurch


  1. skunknoun

    Any of various small mammals, of the family Mephitidae, native to North and Central America, having a glossy black with a white coat and two musk glands at the base of the tail for emitting a noxious smell as a defensive measure.

  2. skunknoun

    A despicable person.

  3. skunknoun

    A type of strong marijuana.

  4. skunknoun

    A walkover victory in sports or board games, as when the opposing side is unable to score. Compare shutout.

  5. skunknoun

    A skinhead who is also a punk.

  6. skunknoun

    cribbage: A win by 30 or more points. (Double skunk > 60 points, triple skunk >90.).

  7. skunkverb

    To defeat so badly as to prevent any opposing points.

    We fished all day but the lake skunked us.

  8. skunkverb

    To win by 30 or more points.

  9. skunkverb

    (of beer) to go bad, to spoil

  10. Etymology: At first spelt squunck, from the name for the animals, segôgw, segonku, from šeka:kwa, from šek- (Abenaki seg-) + -a:kw (Abenaki (w)ôkw(ses)).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Skunknoun

    any one of several species of American musteline carnivores of the genus Mephitis and allied genera. They have two glands near the anus, secreting an extremely fetid liquid, which the animal ejects at pleasure as a means of defense

  2. Skunkverb

    in games of chance and skill: To defeat (an opponent) (as in cards) so that he fails to gain a point, or (in checkers) to get a king

  3. Etymology: [Contr. from the Abenaki (American Indian) seganku.]


  1. Skunk

    Skunks are mammals known for their ability to spray a liquid with a strong odor. Different species of skunk vary in appearance from black-and-white to brown or cream colored, but all have warning coloration.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Skunk

    skungk, n. a small North American carnivorous quadruped allied to the otter and weasel, defending itself by emitting an offensive fluid: a low fellow: (U.S.) a complete defeat.—v.t. to inflict such.—ns. Skunk′-bird, -black′bird, the male bobolink in full plumage. [Indian seganku.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. skunknoun

    A medium grade and smelly form of marijuana.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of skunk in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of skunk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of skunk in a Sentence

  1. Abraham Lincoln:

    What kills the skunk is the publicity it gives itself.

  2. Austin O'Malley:

    Exclusiveness is a characteristic of recent riches, high society, and the skunk.

  3. Cathey Haley:

    Fox News’s quite odorful, Fox News’s a rude awakening at times, when a skunk lets go right underneath your house or right under your bed, it makes for a very interesting night of sleep, or lack thereof.

  4. John Meyer:

    We all used to carry this stuff. I called it skunk oil, we poured it in a 2-gallon can, poured it out, and threw a match in it, and it'd start a fire along all the rails. We're talking in the mid -'70s. Nowadays you'd get in big trouble doing that.

  5. E. B. White:

    The liberal holds that he is true to the republic when he is true to himself. (It may not be as cozy an attitude as it sounds.) He greets with enthusiasm the fact of the journey, as a dog greets a man's invitation to take a walk. And he acts in the dog's way too, swinging wide, racing ahead, doubling back, covering many miles of territory that the man never traverses, all in the spirit of inquiry and the zest for truth. He leaves a crazy trail, but he ranges far beyond the genteel old party he walks with and he is usually in a better position to discover a skunk.

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