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Synonyms for skunk

Synonyms: Noun

  • bastard,
  • beast,
  • bleeder
  • [ British ],
  • blighter
  • [ chiefly British ],
  • boor,
  • bounder,
  • bugger,
  • buzzard,
  • cad,
  • chuff,
  • churl,
  • clown,
  • creep,
  • cretin,
  • crud
  • [ slang ],
  • crumb
  • [ slang ],
  • cur,
  • dirtbag
  • [ slang ],
  • dog,
  • fink,
  • heel,
  • hound,
  • jerk,
  • joker,
  • louse,
  • lout,
  • pill,
  • rat,
  • rat fink,
  • reptile,
  • rotter,
  • schmuck
  • [ slang ],
  • scum,
  • scumbag
  • [ slang ],
  • scuzzball
  • [ slang ],
  • sleaze,
  • sleazebag
  • [ slang ],
  • sleazeball
  • [ slang ],
  • slime,
  • slimeball
  • [ slang ],
  • slob,
  • snake,
  • so-and-so,
  • sod
  • [ chiefly British ],
  • stinkard,
  • stinker,
  • swine,
  • toad,
  • varmint,
  • vermin

Synonyms: Verb

  • annihilate,
  • blow away,
  • bomb,
  • bury,
  • clobber,
  • cream,
  • drub,
  • dust,
  • flatten,
  • paste,
  • rout,
  • shellac,
  • skin,
  • smoke
  • [ slang ],
  • smother,
  • snow under,
  • thrash,
  • trim,
  • tromp,
  • trounce,
  • wallop,
  • wax
  • [ slang ],
  • whip,
  • whomp,
  • whop
  • ( or whap ) ,
  • whup

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First Known Use of skunk

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for skunk

earlier squuncke, from a Massachusett reflex of Algonquian *šeka·kwa, from šek- urinate + -a·kw fox, fox-like animal

Skunk definition is – any of various common omnivorous black-and-white New World mammals (especially genus Mephitis) of the weasel family that have a pair of perineal glands from which a secretion of pungent and offensive odor is ejected. How to use skunk in a sentence.

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Why is our average temperature called average when it seems higher or lower here by 10 degrees year round? It should be called in between.

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The daily average temperatures are based on the readings for the past 30 years, updated every 10 years.

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What is the origin of the expression “skunked” meaning no score?

Getting skunked means being shut out or to be overwhelmingly defeated, as in, “They got skunked 19-1 in yesterday’s game.”

Skunked also means to run out on a bill, as in “He left town and skunked the landlord.”

It is a New England phrase that came into use around 1831.


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The word skunk itself comes from the Native American word “segankw.”

In football what is the difference between offsides, encroachment, neutral-zone infraction, and unabated to the quarterback?

Offsides means that a player was over the neutral zone when the ball was snapped. Encroachment is when a defensive player crosses the line before the snap and makes contact with an offensive player.

A neutral zone infraction happens if a defensive player moves into the neutral zone startling the man directly across from him into false start. If a defensive player jumps the gun and then has an “unabated” path to the quarterback or kicker, it’s a penalty.

How temperatures get average, how someone gets skunked and what does unabated path mean, anyway?