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skank 1

n. Slang
1. One who is filthy or foul.
2. One who is considered to be sexually promiscuous. Used especially of a woman.

[Origin unknown.]

skank′y adj.

skank 2

A rhythmic dance performed to reggae or ska music, characterized by bending forward, raising the knees, and extending the hands.
intr.v. skanked, skank·ing, skanks
To dance the skank.

[Jamaican English, to loaf, be shifty, be cunning, dance the skank; perhaps akin to skank.]


adj, -kier or -kiest
1. dirty, foul-smelling, or unattractive
2. promiscuous
ˈskankiness n
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.skanky - highly offensiveskanky - highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust; "a disgusting smell"; "distasteful language"; "a loathsome disease"; "the idea of eating meat is repellent to me"; "revolting food"; "a wicked stench"
offensive - unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses; "offensive odors"


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