Definition of skunk noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//skʌŋk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skʌŋk//
    (North American English also polecat) Wild mammals
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  1. 1[countable] a small black and white N American animal that can produce a strong unpleasant smell to defend itself when it is attacked See related entries: Wild mammals
  2. 2[uncountable] (slang) = skunkweed
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Abnaki segankw; variants occur in many other American Indian dialects. Abnaki is a group of two extinct Algonquian languages.Idioms
    (as) drunk as a lord (British English) (North American English (as) drunk as a skunk)
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    (informal) very drunk
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