- to lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason: The thief skulked in the shadows.
- to move in a stealthy manner; slink: The panther skulked through the bush.
- British. to shirk duty; malinger.
- a person who skulks.
- a pack or group of foxes.
- Rare. an act or instance of skulking.
Origin of skulk
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Examples from the Web for skulk
This is not a time to manipulate or skulk into situations sideways, attempting to give a false impression of nonchalance.Your Week: What the Stars Hold
Starsky + Cox
September 4, 2011
He does not shuffle or prevaricate, dodge or skulk; but is honest, upright, and straightforward.Self-Help
He didn't mean to skulk like a whipped cur about his own decks.The Rescue
Instead, he must skulk in the thicket like a coyote until the man passed.Prairie Flowers
James B. Hendryx
Sit there and skulk, while the others do the work, would you?Cutlass and Cudgel
George Manville Fenn
I suppose you thought that, being off duty, you could skulk in your cabin and do nothing.Under the Chilian Flag
- to move stealthily so as to avoid notice
- to lie in hiding; lurk
- to shirk duty or evade responsibilities; malinger
- a person who skulks
- obsolete a pack of foxes or other animals that creep about stealthily
Word Origin and History for skulk
c.1200, from a Scandinavian source, cf. Norwegian skulke "to shirk, malinger," Danish skulke "to spare oneself, shirk," Swedish skolka "to shirk, skulk, slink, play truant." Common in Middle English but lacking in 15c.-16c. records; possibly reborrowed 17c. Related: Skulked; skulking; skulker; skulkery.