from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. The glossy black and white fur of this mammal.
- n. Slang A person regarded as obnoxious or despicable.
- n. Slang A person whose company is avoided.
- transitive v. Slang To defeat overwhelmingly, especially by keeping from scoring.
- transitive v. To cheat (someone).
- transitive v. To fail to pay (an amount due).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. A despicable person.
- n. Short for skunkweed (marijuana).
- n. A walkover victory in sports or board games, as when the opposing side is unable to score. Compare shutout.
- n. A win by 30 or more points.
- v. To defeat so badly as to prevent any opposing points.
- v. To win by 30 or more points.
- v. (of beer) to go bad, to spoil
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- transitive v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fetid animal of the American genus Mephitis, M. mephitica.
- n. By extension Any species of one of the American genera Mephitis, Spilogale, and Conepatus, and some others of the family Mustelidæ, as the African zorille, Asiatic teledu or stinkard, etc. See these words.
- n. A base fellow: a vulgar term of reproach.
- n. A complete defeat, as in some game in which not a point is scored by the beaten party.
- To beat (a player) in a game, as cards or billiards, completely, so that the loser fails to score.
- To cause disease in or of; sicken; scale, or deprive of scales: said of fish in the live-well of a fishing-smack.
- n. Including the little striped skunks, at least twelve species have been recognized. After being changed back and forth by various revisers the name Mephitis is retained for the larger species and Spilogale for the smaller.
- In an election, to defeat (an opponent) completely, so that the latter gets no votes at all.
- To leave without paying one's bills.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. American musteline mammal typically ejecting an intensely malodorous fluid when startled; in some classifications put in a separate subfamily Mephitinae
- v. defeat by a lurch
- n. a defeat in a game where one side fails to score
- n. a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible
- n. street names for marijuana
Of Massachusett origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
At first spelt squunck, from the Abenaki name for the animals, segôgw, segonku ("he who squirts / urinates"), from Proto-Algonquian *šeka:kwa, from *šek- (“to urinate”) (Abenaki seg-) + *-a:kw (“fox”) (Abenaki (w)ôkw(ses)). (Wiktionary)