- 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.
- any of several related or similar animals.Compare hog-nosed skunk, spotted skunk.
- Informal. a thoroughly contemptible person.
- U.S. Navy Slang. an unidentified ship or target.
- Slang. to defeat thoroughly in a game, especially while keeping an opponent from scoring: The team skunked the favorites in the crucial game.
Origin of skunk
Examples from the Web for skunked
Twain and his brother get drunk, get skunked, and end up—and one point—naked, with nothing but their own laughter.Book Bag: Timothy Egan’s Five Favorite Travel Books
October 23, 2012
The Consarvatiff undertook tew ketch his skunk alive, and the konsequents waz, he got—skunked.Josh Billings, Hiz Sayings
Henry Wheeler Shaw
Everybody is tolerably well satisfied except the hook-and-ladder gang, which, as usual, is skunked again—never got a ladder out.Homeburg Memories
George Helgesen Fitch
Last night that posse of mine that you 'skunked,' you know, halted at the cross roads till them sojers went by.
The boys of that regiment came back in good spirits saying, that they had "skunked them."History of the Twelfth West Virginia Volunteer Infantry
- 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
- informal a despicable person
- slang a strain of cannabis smoked for its exceptionally powerful psychoactive properties
- (tr) US and Canadian slang to defeat overwhelmingly in a game
Word Origin and History for skunked
1630s, squunck, from a southern New England Algonquian language (probably Abenaki) seganku, from Proto-Algonquian */šeka:kwa/, from */šek-/ "to urinate" + */-a:kw/ "fox." As an insult, attested from 1841. Skunk cabbage is attested from 1751; earlier skunkweed (1738).
"to completely defeat (in a game), to shut out from scoring," 1831, from skunk (n.). Related: Skunked; skunking.