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.
- skulker, noun
- skulk·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.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
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
- skulker, noun
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