I. noun (plural skunks; also skunk) Etymology: earlier squuncke, from a Massachusett reflex of Algonquian *šeka•kwa, from šek- urinate + -a•kw fox, fox-like animal Date: 1634 1. a. any of various common omnivorous black-and-white New World mammals (especially genus Mephitis) of the weasel family that have a pair of perineal glands from which a secretion of pungent and offensive odor is ejected b. the fur of a skunk 2. an obnoxious or disliked person II. transitive verb Date: 1843 1. a. defeat b. to prevent entirely from scoring or succeeding ; shut out 2. to fail to pay; also cheat

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  • Skunk — Skunk, n. [Contr. from the Abenaki (American Indian) seganku.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of American musteline carnivores of the genus {Mephitis} and allied genera. They have two glands near the anus, secreting an extremely fetid… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skunk — steht für: eine Familie der Raubtiere, siehe Skunks ein Jugendmagazin Skunk (Magazin) eine Cannabissorte Skunk (Cannabis) Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben Wort bezeichneter Begriffe …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Skunk — der; s, Plur. e u. s <aus gleichbed. engl. skunk, dies aus Algonkin (einer nordamerik. Indianersprache) skunk>: 1. (Plur. meist e) nord u. südamerik. Stinktier (zu den Mardern zählendes Raubtier mit wertvollem Fell). 2. (Plur. s, meist Plur …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • Skunk — Skunk, v. t. In games of chance and skill: To defeat (an opponent) (as in cards) so that he fails to gain a point, or (in checkers) to get a king. [Colloq. U. S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skunk — s.m.inv. TS → moffetta {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: 1873. ETIMO: dall ingl. skunk, dall algonchino segongue …   Dizionario italiano

  • skunk — (n.) 1630s, squunck, from a southern New England Algonquian language (probably Abenaki) seganku, from Proto Algonquian */ЕЎeka:kwa/, from */ЕЎek / to urinate + */ a:kw/ fox. As an insult, attested from 1841. Skunk cabbage is attested from 1751 …   Etymology dictionary

  • skunk — skunk; skunk·ery; …   English syllables

  • skunk — ☆ skunk [skuŋk ] n. pl. skunks or skunk [< New England Algonquian cognate of Abenaki segôgw] 1. a) any of several bushy tailed carnivores (family Mustelidae) of the New World, about the size of a house cat: it has glossy black fur, usually… …   English World dictionary

  • Skunk — Skunk, eine Art Stinkthier …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Skunk — Skunk, das nordamerik. Stinktier (s.d. und Tafel: Amerikanische Tierwelt, 13) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Skunk — Skụnk 〈m.; Gen.: s, Pl.: s; Zool.〉 1. Marder, der bei Gefahr das widerlich riechende Sekret seiner Afterdrüse verspritzt, Stinktier: Memphitis memphitis 2. Pelz des Skunks [Etym.: engl. <Algonkin] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

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