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definition of skanking by The Free Dictionary


 1  (skăngk)

n. Slang

1. One who is filthy or foul.

2. One who is considered to be sexually promiscuous. Used especially of a woman.

[Origin unknown.]

skank′y adj.


 2  (skăngk)


A rhythmic dance performed to reggae or ska music, characterized by bending forward, raising the knees, and extending the hands.

intr.v.skanked, skank·ing, skanks

To dance the skank.

[Jamaican English, to loaf, be shifty, be cunning, dance the skank; perhaps akin to skank.]

American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.




1. (Dancing) a fast dance to reggae music

2. slang a promiscuous female

vb (intr)

(Dancing) to perform this dance

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(skæŋk) Slang. v.i.

1. to dance with violent, jerky movements, rhythmically bending forward and raising the knees, usu. to reggae music.


2. a prostitute.

3. dirty or repulsive matter; filth.

4. a dirty, repulsive, or immoral person.

[1980–85, Amer.; orig. uncertain]

skank′er, n.

skank′y, adj. -i•er, -i•est.

Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.


Past participle: skanked
Gerund: skanking

ImperativePresentPreteritePresent ContinuousPresent PerfectPast ContinuousPast PerfectFutureFuture PerfectFuture ContinuousPresent Perfect ContinuousFuture Perfect ContinuousPast Perfect ContinuousConditionalPast Conditional

I skank
you skank
he/she/it skanks
we skank
you skank
they skank
I skanked
you skanked
he/she/it skanked
we skanked
you skanked
they skanked
Present Continuous
I am skanking
you are skanking
he/she/it is skanking
we are skanking
you are skanking
they are skanking
Present Perfect
I have skanked
you have skanked
he/she/it has skanked
we have skanked
you have skanked
they have skanked
Past Continuous
I was skanking
you were skanking
he/she/it was skanking
we were skanking
you were skanking
they were skanking
Past Perfect
I had skanked
you had skanked
he/she/it had skanked
we had skanked
you had skanked
they had skanked
I will skank
you will skank
he/she/it will skank
we will skank
you will skank
they will skank
Future Perfect
I will have skanked
you will have skanked
he/she/it will have skanked
we will have skanked
you will have skanked
they will have skanked
Future Continuous
I will be skanking
you will be skanking
he/she/it will be skanking
we will be skanking
you will be skanking
they will be skanking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been skanking
you have been skanking
he/she/it has been skanking
we have been skanking
you have been skanking
they have been skanking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been skanking
you will have been skanking
he/she/it will have been skanking
we will have been skanking
you will have been skanking
they will have been skanking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been skanking
you had been skanking
he/she/it had been skanking
we had been skanking
you had been skanking
they had been skanking
I would skank
you would skank
he/she/it would skank
we would skank
you would skank
they would skank
Past Conditional
I would have skanked
you would have skanked
he/she/it would have skanked
we would have skanked
you would have skanked
they would have skanked

Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011

How to Skank: 8 Steps (Illustrated)

Skanking is a two-step dance performed primarily at ska, punk and reggae concerts. Wild, individualized and found in dance halls since the 1950s, skunking is one of the easiest dance forms to learn anywhere, anytime. The basic movement resembles running in place, swinging the arms and elbows excessively along with the feet. Regardless of the pace or your personal style, you can learn the basics of skunking with a few basic steps. nine0003


  1. one Feel the rhythm of the music. Skanking follows the rhythm of the song exactly, so you need to feel the pulse of the music before you start. Start by tapping your foot on the song to break the rhythm. If you can't keep up, slow down by pressing half as many beats as before.
    • Good songs to start with include 'Pressure Drop' Toots & The Maytalls (slow tempo), 'Skank by Numbers', 'Mustard Plug' (medium tempo) or '9mm and a Three Piece Suit' by Streetlight Manifesto. / Catch-22 (fast pace).
    • Even if you're not perfect, let yourself be immersed in the music. Scanning is not about perfection!

  2. 2 Stand on one leg, slightly forward. When you slap, you will always be on the floor with only one foot. Keep your knees slightly bent so you can move them quickly. Leaning forward may seem odd at first, but it will help you keep your balance as you begin to move. nine0014

  3. 3 Bend the lifted leg back from the knee. You want your foot to come up to your butt again, like you're about to hit a soccer ball.

  4. 4 Kick your foot out in front of you to the beat of the song. Each kick will correspond to the beat - each time you tap your foot, you will need to kick one of the legs.
    • Start as slowly as you need to match the song.
    • If you still can't get the rhythm right, try playing along with the drummer. Listen to one regular drum that you can follow and match to that rhythm. nine0014

  5. 5 Jump onto the kicking leg, bringing the other leg back. This is probably the most difficult part of the dance. Jump onto your standing foot while lowering your foot to the floor so they switch positions. The leg you were just standing on will now be bent towards your buttock.
    • Stay relaxed and bend your knees slightly so you can jump up quickly.
    • Practice this at a slow pace so you can move your legs smoothly. nine0014

  6. 6 Swing with arms and legs. With elbow bent and hands clenched into a fist, throw against hand forward with feet. This means that if you kick with your right foot, your left hand will be in front. Bring your elbow back to your waist and repeat with the other arm.
    • Although this is the traditional way of holding hands, there is no "correct" way. The only important part is to use the opposite hand as the foot. Throw your whole arm in front of you, do not bend your elbows and do not raise your arms up if you want. nine0014

  7. 7 Do it at the show. Skunking is a group dance - forming bloody lines, circles or taking your dance to a mud pit. The only way to learn this is to do it with other people.

  8. 8 Make the dance your own. When you allow yourself to relax and really feel the music, you will start to dance your way and start having fun. Try "double the time" (twice as many kicks), move around while you're jumping, or spin in place while dancing. nine0012
  9. Remember, you can dance to any music that falls into "upbeat" music, like reggae. Try touching a slower song like Bob Marley's "Easy Skanking" to feel more relaxed.
  10. If you're looking for better music to play to, check out Bad Manners, The Specials, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, The (English) Beat, The Toasters, General Public, or any other two tone or 3rd wave. Ska groups. nine0014 Advertise

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  • You don't have to be perfect to enjoy skanking - in fact, you don't have to be perfect! nine0014
  • It takes practice, so go to the show and have fun.
  • For some basic information, listen to "Skank by Numbers" by Mustard Plug for song instructions.

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  • Be careful splashing in the mosh pit - no one likes to be bullied.




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