Twain and his brother get drunk, get skunked, and end up—and one point—naked, with nothing but their own laughter.
The Consarvatiff undertook tew ketch his skunk alive, and the konsequents waz, he got—skunked.
Everybody is tolerably well satisfied except the hook-and-ladder gang, which, as usual, is skunked again—never got a ladder out.
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."
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.