skunked

skunk

[skuhngk]
noun, plural skunks (especially collectively) skunk.
1.
a small North American mammal, Mephitis mephitis, of the weasel family, having a black coat with a white, V -shaped stripe on the back, and ejecting a fetid odor when alarmed or attacked.
2.
any of several related or similar animals. Compare hog-nosed skunk, spotted skunk.
3.
Informal. a thoroughly contemptible person.
4.
U.S. Navy Slang. an unidentified ship or target.
verb (used with object)
5.
Slang. to defeat thoroughly in a game, especially while keeping an opponent from scoring: The team skunked the favorites in the crucial game.

Origin:
1625–35, Americanism; < the Massachusett reflex of Proto-Algonquian *šeka·kwa (derivative of *šek- urinate + -a·kw fox, foxlike animal

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skunk (skʌŋk)
 
n , pl skunks, skunk
1.  any of various American musteline mammals of the subfamily Mephitinae, esp Mephitis mephitis (striped skunk), typically having a black and white coat and bushy tail: they eject an unpleasant-smelling fluid from the anal gland when attacked
2.  informal a despicable person
3.  slang a strain of cannabis smoked for its exceptionally powerful psychoactive properties
 
vb
4.  slang (US), (Canadian) (tr) to defeat overwhelmingly in a game
 
[C17: from Algonquian; compare Abnaki segākw skunk]

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skunk
1634, squunck, from a southern New England Algonquian language (probably Abenaki) seganku, from Proto-Algonquian */eka:kwa/, from */ek-/ "to urinate" + */-a:kw/ "fox." As an insult, attested from 1841. Skunk cabbage is attested from 1751.
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skunk definition


  1. n.
    a mean and hateful person. (See also polecat; stinker.) : Must you be such a skunk in front of my friends?
  2. tv.
    to outwit someone. : That fish skunked me. I thought I caught him for sure this time.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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skunked definition


  1. mod.
    alcohol intoxicated. : He was so skunked he couldn't find his house.
  2. mod.
    outwitted; outscored; defeated. : The home team skunked the visitors for the third year in a row.
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