[ skuhlk ]
/ skʌlk /
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.
a person who skulks.
a pack or group of foxes.
Rare. an act or instance of skulking.
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Origin of skulk
First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English, from Scandinavian (not in Old Norse ); compare Danish, Norwegian skulke, Swedish skolka “to play hooky”
OTHER WORDS FROM skulkskulker, nounskulk·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use skulk in a sentence
I skulked round to the back, got on the beach, and climbed a little way up towards the rock garden.
At times violence stalked abroad unchallenged, and dark, lowering faces skulked around.
British Dictionary definitions for skulk
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
Derived forms of skulkskulker, noun
Word Origin for skulk
C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian skulka to lurk, Swedish skolka, Danish skulke to shirk
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