SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | verb (used without object), noun verb (used without object) 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. noun a person who skulks. a pack or group of foxes. . Rare an act or instance of skulking. Origin of skulk 1175–1225; Middle English < Scandinavian (not in ON); compare Danish, Norwegian skulke, Swedish skolka play hooky Related forms skulk·er, noun skulk·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for sculk Historical Examples of sculk British Dictionary definitions for sculk verb (intr) to move stealthily so as to avoid notice to lie in hiding; lurk to shirk duty or evade responsibilities; malinger noun a person who skulks obsolete a pack of foxes or other animals that creep about stealthily Derived Forms skulker, noun Word Origin for skulk
C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian
skulka to lurk, Swedish skolka, Danish skulke to shirk
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Word Origin and History for sculk 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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