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.

Nearby words

  1. sku,
  2. skua,
  3. skuld,
  4. skulduddery,
  5. skulduggery,
  6. skull,
  7. skull and crossbones,
  8. skull session,
  9. skull-cap,
  10. skullcap

Origin of skulk

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

Related formsskulk·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 Formsskulker, 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 skulking

skulk

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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