skank

[skangk]

Origin of skank

First recorded in 1980–85; origin uncertain
Related formsskank·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for skanker

skank

noun
  1. a fast dance to reggae music
  2. slang a promiscuous female
verb (intr)
  1. to perform this dance
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Word Origin and History for skanker

skank

n.

"unattractive woman," 1965, perhaps from skag in this sense (1920s), of unknown origin. Verbal meaning "dance to reggae music" is 1976, probably not the same word, but also of unknown origin. Related: Skanking.

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