noun, plural skunks, (especially collectively) skunk.
verb (used with object)
- skull and crossbones,
- skull session,
- skunk cabbage,
- skunk river,
- skunk works,
Origin of skunk
Examples from the Web for skunk
The army met the stone-throwing with a fecal-smelling concoction called "skunk" and later with tear gas.After Victory, Palestinian Village Runs Into A Wall|Ali Gharib|April 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I had been a long time coming to my mind concerning the skunk.The Face of the Fields|Dallas Lore Sharp
I remember my younger brother once ran across a skunk like this and he had to live in the barn for two days.The Go Ahead Boys in the Island Camp|Ross Kay
I shouldn't think honey flavoured with skunk cabbage would be fit to eat.The Harvester|Gene Stratton Porter
By this we mean, that ordinary people, other than naturalists or scientists, little understand the habits and value of skunk.Fur Farming For Profit|Hermon Basil Laymon
The track of the skunk is peculiar and is not likely to be mistaken for that of some other animal.Science of Trapping|Elmer Harry Kreps
noun plural skunks or skunk
Word Origin for skunk
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.