- 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 skulker
Have I told you that I thought him a skulker, a coward hiding to escape warfare?Fernley House
Laura E. Richards
Milo was there, and Milo would see to it that no skulker declined his queen's command.The Pirate Woman
Aylward Edward Dingle
After all, this skulker had more cause to be afraid of me than I of him.The Exploits Of Brigadier Gerard
Arthur Conan Doyle
Goodloe, what was the exact story about that skulker of a thief on the cross?The Heart's Kingdom
Maria Thompson Daviess
But if the intended victim, suspicious, should get unseen into the creek bed, the skulker could hardly avoid a fight.Laramie Holds the Range
Frank H. Spearman
- 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 skulker
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.