Skank vs. Skunk - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Skunk

    Skunks are mammals in the family Mephitidae. The animals are known for their ability to spray a liquid with a strong unpleasant smell. Different species of skunk vary in appearance from black-and-white to brown, cream or ginger colored, but all have warning coloration.

Wiktionary

  • Skank (noun)

    A lewd and disreputable person, often female, especially an unattractive person with an air of tawdry promiscuity.

  • Skank (noun)

    Anything that is particularly foul, unhygienic or unpleasant.

  • Skank (noun)

    A dance performed to ska, dub, or reggae music.

  • Skank (noun)

    A style of rhythmic guitar strumming in ska, reggae, and punk.

  • Skank (noun)

    The act of cheating a person.

    "That's not a good deal; it's a skank."

  • Skank (adjective)

    Lewd, vulgar, skanky.

  • Skank (verb)

    To dance the skank.

  • Skank (verb)

    To play guitar with a skank rhythm.

  • Skank (verb)

    To be dishonest or unreliable, to defraud or deceive, to steal.

  • Skank (verb)

    To cheat, especially a friend.

    "He short-changed a partner, leaving him feeling skanked."

  • Skunk (noun)

    Any of various small mammals, of the family Mephitidae, native to North and Central America, having a glossy black with a white coat and two musk glands at the base of the tail for emitting a noxious smell as a defensive measure.

  • Skunk (noun)

    A despicable person.

  • Skunk (noun)

    A walkover victory in sports or board games, as when the opposing side is unable to score. Compare shutout.

  • Skunk (noun)

    A win by 30 or more points.

  • Skunk (noun)

    A member of a hybrid skinhead and punk subculture.

  • Skunk (noun)

    clipping of skunkweed|dot=marijuana.

  • Skunk (noun)

    Any of the strains of hybrids of Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica that may have THC levels exceeding those of typical hashish.

  • Skunk (verb)

    To defeat so badly as to prevent any opposing points.

    "I skunked him at cards."

    "We fished all day but the lake skunked us."

  • Skunk (verb)

    To win by 30 or more points.

  • Skunk (verb)

    To go bad, to spoil.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Skank (noun)

    a steady-paced dance performed to reggae music, characterized by rhythmically bending forward, raising the knees, and extending the hands palms-downwards.

  • Skank (noun)

    reggae music suitable for dancing the skank to.

  • Skank (noun)

    a sleazy or unpleasant person.

  • Skank (noun)

    a woman who has many casual sexual encounters or relationships.

  • Skank (verb)

    play reggae music or dance the skank

    "the boys skank while some girls wiggle"

    "skanking rhythms"

    "a minimal skanking guitar"

  • Skank (verb)

    walk or move in a sexually suggestive way.

  • Skank (verb)

    swindle or deceive

    "they made a tidy sum skanking the tourists"

  • Skank (verb)

    obtain by deception or theft

    "I skanked the poster off some wall"

  • Skunk (noun)

    a cat-sized American mammal of the weasel family, with distinctive black-and-white striped fur. When threatened it squirts a fine spray of foul-smelling irritant liquid from its anal glands towards its attacker.

  • Skunk (noun)

    the fur of the skunk.

  • Skunk (noun)

    a contemptible person

    "he'd run up a massive phone bill and hadn't paid—the skunk"

  • Skunk (noun)

    short for skunkweed

  • Skunk (verb)

    defeat (someone) overwhelmingly in a game or contest, especially by preventing them from scoring at all

    "I knew he was a good fisherman, but I didn't expect him to skunk you"

  • Skunk (verb)

    fail to pay (a bill or creditor)

    "he made a practice of skunking hotels"

Webster Dictionary

  • Skunk (noun)

    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 liquid, which the animal ejects at pleasure as a means of defense.

  • Skunk

    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.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Skank (noun)

    any substance considered disgustingly foul or unpleasant

  • Skank (noun)

    a rhythmic dance to reggae music performed by bending forward and extending the hands while bending the knees

  • Skunk (noun)

    a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible;

    "only a rotter would do that"

    "kill the rat"

    "throw the bum out"

    "you cowardly little pukes!"

    "the British call a contemptible person a `git'"

  • Skunk (noun)

    a defeat in a game where one side fails to score

  • Skunk (noun)

    street names for marijuana

  • Skunk (noun)

    American musteline mammal typically ejecting an intensely malodorous fluid when startled; in some classifications put in a separate subfamily Mephitinae

  • Skunk (verb)

    defeat by a lurch

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