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skulk

or sculk

[skuhlk] /skʌlk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason:
The thief skulked in the shadows.
2.
to move in a stealthy manner; slink:
The panther skulked through the bush.
3.
British. to shirk duty; malinger.
noun
4.
a person who skulks.
5.
a pack or group of foxes.
6.
Rare. an act or instance of skulking.
Origin of skulk
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Scandinavian (not in ON); compare Danish, Norwegian skulke, Swedish skolka play hooky
Related forms
skulker, noun
skulkingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. See lurk.
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  • The Kaffir did not condescend to make answer, but skulked into the hut.

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • And so she got away, and skulked slowly up stairs to her own room.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope
  • It had long since skulked off, but no one thought of pursuit, as all were too anxious about Jan.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • They have skulked out, like traitors as they be, knowing our absence at the feast.

  • I skulked in the scrub as he came up—just behind a clump of wattle.

    Colonial Born G. Firth Scott
  • They skulked along the watercourse and at the edge of the thicket.

    The Trail Boys on the Plains Jay Winthrop Allen
  • You have skulked this question long enough; you will have to account for them!

    The Shakespearean Myth Appleton Morgan
  • While the magic lantern was showing, I skulked without in the dark.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Mr. St. John went on, and Lewis skulked to his seat, in his wake.

British Dictionary definitions for skulked

skulk

/skʌlk/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to move stealthily so as to avoid notice
2.
to lie in hiding; lurk
3.
to shirk duty or evade responsibilities; malinger
noun
4.
a person who skulks
5.
(obsolete) a pack of foxes or other animals that creep about stealthily
Derived Forms
skulker, noun
Word Origin
C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian skulka to lurk, Swedish skolka, Danish skulke to shirk
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Word Origin and History for skulked

skulk

v.

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.

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