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English definition of “skanky”

skanky

adjective     /ˈskæŋ.ki/ informal
extremely unpleasant, especially because of being dirty: I found a pair of his skanky underpants on the floor.Dirty and untidy US of low quality or not stylish: I wouldn't be caught dead in that skanky outfit!
(Definition of skanky adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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