- ☆ 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 with white stripes or spots down the back, and ejects a foul-smelling, musky liquid when disturbed or frightenedb) its fur2. Informal a despicable, offensive personvt.Slang to defeat overwhelmingly in a game or contest; often, specif., to keep from scoring any points
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.