skulk

or sculk

[ 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.
British. to shirk duty; malinger.

noun

a person who skulks.
a pack or group of foxes.
Rare. an act or instance of skulking.

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Origin of skulk

1175–1225; Middle English < Scandinavian (not in ON); compare Danish, Norwegian skulke, Swedish skolka play hooky

OTHER WORDS FROM skulk

skulk·er, nounskulk·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for skulking

skulk
/ (skʌlk) /

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 of skulk

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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