- 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 skulked
While we skulked in the shadows, they had studied and sweated and changed the face of their world.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks
January 14, 2011
The Kaffir did not condescend to make answer, but skulked into the hut.The Giraffe Hunters
And so she got away, and skulked slowly up stairs to her own room.Orley Farm
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
- 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 skulked
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.