[ skuhlk ]
/ skʌlk /
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verb (used without object)
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”
synonym study for skulk
1. See lurk.
OTHER WORDS FROM skulkskulker, nounskulk·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use skulk in a sentence
Later in the spring, she and Elisabeth saw another kind of heron, an American bittern, skulking in some grass by a swamp.One Year to Live|Olivia Gentile|April 12, 2009|DAILY BEAST
The skulking, strutting, mincing, hurrying forms that pass us and fade out into the night are now becoming characters.My Wonderful Visit|Charlie Chaplin
Life would not be very valuable to me as a skulking criminal in a foreign country.The New Tenant|E. Phillips Oppenheim
I—vagabond—outcast—skulking through tricks to avoid crime—why the difference?Night and Morning, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Skulking cats were flushed there, and sent flying over aristocratic bones, but there was no trace of Bobby.Greyfriars Bobby|Eleanor Atkinson
But that is an out-of-the-way part, Jack, and there may be some of those skulking thieves hanging about there.A Chapter of Adventures|G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for skulk
/ (skʌlk) /
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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