What does that mean? skunked up to the nines
These preppy little girls,
all skunked up to the nines
in their adorable
which had been mistakenly ordered
in children's sizes,
in strangely homoerotic,
Adderol-fueled spastic movements
that they called dance routines."
I've never heard "skunked up" either. A quick google of the phrase is all over the map; judging from context, the phrase can mean overly-elaborate, as in a fancy hairdo or makeup that is too heavy; altered by drugs such as marijuana; or, literally, sprayed by a skunk. "To be skunked" seems to mean to be thwarted or tricked.
In your very interesting passage, I'm guessing the girls are wearing too much, and inappropriate, makeup.
[not a teacher]
Both asnwers were great help.
Wow! I was hoping for an Urban Dictionary listing for "skunked up," but didn't think to try "skunka."
I wonder if the word is related etymologically to "skank"?