skunk

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 with white stripes or spots down the back, and ejects a foul-smelling, musky liquid when disturbed or frightened
b) its fur
2. Informal a despicable, offensive person
vt.
Slang to defeat overwhelmingly in a game or contest; often, specif., to keep from scoring any points

English World dictionary. . 2014.


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