skank

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See also: skänk and skånk

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Blend of skeevy and rank.

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Noun[edit]

skank (plural skanks)

  1. Any substance considered particularly foul, unhygienic or unpleasant

Etymology 2[edit]

Blend of scold and brank. Middle English, meaning frolicsome and often lascivious conduct.

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Noun[edit]

skank (plural skanks)

  1. (pejorative, slang) A lewdly unattractive and disreputable person, often female, especially one with an air of tawdry promiscuity.
    It's also my job to take care of the skanks on the road that you bang. – Jay Mohr (Bob Sugar) in the movie Jerry Maguire.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Jamaican origin

Noun[edit]

skank (plural skanks)

  1. A dance performed to ska.

Verb[edit]

skank (third-person singular simple present skanks, present participle skanking, simple past and past participle skanked)

  1. To dance the skank
    Come on, skank along, it's the skanking song.

Etymology 4[edit]

Slang word used in Northern England (commonly used through the 1980s).

Noun[edit]

skank (plural skanks)

  1. The act of cheating a person through disloyal and selfish means with no shame to use deception in the process (most commonly to a known associate or friend).
  2. Referring to having insight or recognising a process to potentially being greatly non favourable to the (victim/) first person's benefit or interest.
    "that's not a good deal, it's a skank"

Verb[edit]

skank (third-person singular simple present skanks, present participle skanking, simple past and past participle skanked)

  1. (transitive) To cheat, especially a friend.
    He shortchanged a partner, leaving him feeling skanked.
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