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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"ugly, unattractive" (originally of women), by 1965, U.S. Black slang; see skank.


a. 1 in the manner of a skank (disreputable woman) 2 (context British slang English) vile


adj. highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust; "a disgusting smell"; "distasteful language"; "a loathsome disease"; "the idea of eating meat is repellent to me"; "revolting food"; "a wicked stench" [syn: disgusting, disgustful, distasteful, foul, loathly, loathsome, repellent, repellant, repelling, revolting, wicked, yucky]

Usage examples of "skanky".

He was with some skanky guy from Kentucky who kept telling him to shut up.

Just as I was about to get in my car he pinned me to the side of it and planted a skanky kiss on my mouth.

I see them in the corners of my eyes: the nuggets of reality hidden in the tawdry, skanky mosaic that is Legend.

He went on to extend this chain of logic ad nauseum, but I had already gotten his point: the undead are a skanky bunch.

The Exorcist, stands as a monumental achievement when compared to its skanky grandchildren, films such as the aforementioned Bless the Child, End of Days, and Stigmata.

Philippe led me across Roppongi, crossing to the skankier, glitzier side where the streets were choked with touts and barkers, whores and shills, video arcades, hostess bars and love hotels.