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Definition of "skunk" [skunk]

  • Any of several small, mostly carnivorous New World mammals of the genus Mephitis and related genera, having a bushy tail and black fur with white markings and ejecting a foul-smelling oily liquid from glands near the anus when frightened or in danger. Also called polecat. (noun)
  • The glossy black and white fur of this mammal. (noun)
  • Slang A person regarded as obnoxious or despicable. (noun)
  • Slang A person whose company is avoided. (noun)
  • Slang To defeat overwhelmingly, especially by keeping from scoring. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "skunk" in a sentence
  • "What I think we need more with NASA and with the Pentagon is less of this micro-managing, which adds hugely to costs, and have a fundamental reform of contracting where you say what your goals are with a vehicle or a weapons system, and then put it in what they call skunk works, where you say get the job done, we're not going to micro - manage you."
  • "I couldn't help but laugh when they were showing that clip of Bruha talking away and the poor skunk is walking around in circles STILL with that jar on its head."
  • "I also like the way the skunk is walking around in the background with the jar stuck on it's head as they interview the whisperer."