[ 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
Later in the spring, she and Elisabeth saw another kind of heron, an American bittern, skulking in some grass by a swamp.
The skulking, strutting, mincing, hurrying forms that pass us and fade out into the night are now becoming characters.
Life would not be very valuable to me as a skulking criminal in a foreign country.
I—vagabond—outcast—skulking through tricks to avoid crime—why the difference?
Skulking cats were flushed there, and sent flying over aristocratic bones, but there was no trace of Bobby.
But that is an out-of-the-way part, Jack, and there may be some of those skulking thieves hanging about there.
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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