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skunk +‎ -y; skunks are known for their unpleasant odor. For the beer sense, compare skunk (to go bad).



skunky (comparative skunkier, superlative skunkiest)

  1. Having an unpleasant odor.
  2. Having a smell of skunk (a type of marijuana).
  3. (of beer) Spoiled, bad.
    • 2004, Harold McGee, chapter 13, in On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, Scribner, →ISBN:
      One American brewer with trademark clear bottles developed a modified hop extract that’s free of the vulnerable hop acid, and this prevents its beer from going skunky.