[ 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
The third skulker took advantage of the cessation of firing to tumble down from his perch and fly for his life.
I fished it out and made ready, thinking, of course, that the skulker must certainly be one of Clanahan's gunmen.
He loathed a skulker, and his face was known for any boy who would own to fatigue or confess himself beaten.
No need to call the roll, a skulker would have been detected and kicked into the ranks at the instant.
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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