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skunk

 (skŭngk)
n.
1.
a. Any of several small omnivorous mammals of the Americas belonging to the family Mephitidae, having a bushy tail and black fur with white markings and ejecting a foul-smelling oily liquid from glands near the anus when threatened. Also called polecat.
b. The glossy black and white fur of any of these mammals.
2. Slang A person regarded as obnoxious or despicable.
3. Slang Marijuana.
tr.v. skunked, skunk·ing, skunks Slang
1. To spray with the foul-smelling liquid of a skunk: The dog got skunked.
2.
a. To defeat overwhelmingly, especially by keeping from scoring.
b. To cause to have no success trying to catch fish. Used in the passive.
3.
a. To cheat (someone).
b. To fail to pay (an amount due).

[Of Massachusett origin, ultimately from Proto-Algonquian *šeka·kwa : *šek-, urine + *-a·kw, fox, bushy-tailed animal.]

skunk

(skʌŋk)
n, pl skunks or skunk
1. (Animals) 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. (Recreational Drugs) slang a strain of cannabis smoked for its exceptionally powerful psychoactive properties
vb
(tr) slang US and Canadian to defeat overwhelmingly in a game
[C17: from Algonquian; compare Abnaki segākw skunk]

skunk

(skʌŋk)

n., pl. skunks, (esp. collectively) skunk, n.
1. any of several bushy-tailed New World members of the weasel family, having a black coat with white markings and spraying a fetid defensive fluid.
2. a thoroughly contemptible person.
v.t.
3. to defeat thoroughly in a game, esp. to keep scoreless.
4. to cheat; swindle (usu. fol. by out).
Slang.
[1625–35, Amer.; < Algonquian]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.skunk - a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptibleskunk - 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'"
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
2.skunk - a defeat in a game where one side fails to score
defeat, licking - an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest; "it was a narrow defeat"; "the army's only defeat"; "they suffered a convincing licking"
3.skunk - street names for marijuanaskunk - street names for marijuana    
cannabis, ganja, marihuana, marijuana - the most commonly used illicit drug; considered a soft drug, it consists of the dried leaves of the hemp plant; smoked or chewed for euphoric effect
4.skunk - American musteline mammal typically ejecting an intensely malodorous fluid when startledskunk - American musteline mammal typically ejecting an intensely malodorous fluid when startled; in some classifications put in a separate subfamily Mephitinae
mustelid, musteline, musteline mammal - fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammals
Mephitis mephitis, striped skunk - most common and widespread North American skunk
hooded skunk, Mephitis macroura - of Mexico and southernmost parts of southwestern United States
badger skunk, Conepatus leuconotus, hognosed skunk, hog-nosed skunk, rooter skunk - large naked-muzzled skunk with white back and tail; of southwestern North America and Mexico
little spotted skunk, Spilogale putorius, spotted skunk - small skunk with a marbled black and white coat; of United States and Mexico
Verb1.skunk - defeat by a lurch
card game, cards - a game played with playing cards
defeat, get the better of, overcome - win a victory over; "You must overcome all difficulties"; "defeat your enemies"; "He overcame his shyness"; "He overcame his infirmity"; "Her anger got the better of her and she blew up"
Translations
ظَرِبان
skunk
skunkstinkdyr
haisunäätäskunkki
tvor
bûzös borz
skunkur, òefdÿr
skunkss
skunks
dihur
skunk

skunk

[skʌŋk] N (skunk or skunks (pl)) (Zool) → mofeta f, zorrillo m (LAm)
you skunk! (fig) → ¡canalla!

skunk

[ˈskʌŋk] n
(= animal) → mouffette f (= fur) → sconse m
(= strong marijuana) → skunk m

skunk

n
Skunk m, → Stinktier nt; (inf, = person) → Schweinehund
(inf: = marijuana) → Pot nt (sl)

skunk

[skʌŋk] n (Zool) → moffetta, puzzola
you skunk! (fam) → farabutto!, carogna!

skunk

(skaŋk) noun
a small North American animal which defends itself by squirting out an unpleasant-smelling liquid.

skunk

n zorrillo, mofeta (esp. Esp)
References in classic literature ?
Well, of all the mean, contemptible tricks of a human skunk this is the limit
And thou, thou darest to bring me this talk from a skunk of the mountains.
Butteridge--"a white-livered skunk," and this zoological aberration did in some legal and vexatious manner mar her social happines.
Take that chair over there, you gangrene-livered skunk.
AFTER waiting many a weary day to revenge himself upon a Lion for some unconsidered manifestation of contempt, a Skunk finally saw him coming, and posting himself in the path ahead uttered the inaudible discord of his race.
My dear fellow," the Lion replied, "you have taken a needless trouble; I already knew that you were a Skunk.
I don't believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.
The wildest animals do not repose, but seek their prey now; the fox, and skunk, and rabbit, now roam the fields and woods without fear.
Why, you whiskery old skunk, you ain't got the grit to shoot sour apples," was Billy's answer.
We saw also a couple of Zorillos, or skunks, -- odious animals, which are far from uncommon.
Our youngest son died in 1999 by probable suicide, and the skunk appeared around the time that he would have graduated from high school this last spring.
Surprising new records from both Me'Shell NdegeOcello and Skunk Anansie's Skin showcase their uncommon charms