- stalked puffball,
Origin of stalk1
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of stalk2
Examples from the Web for stalk
They go to Paris, but never leave the underground metro station, where they stalk the metro mall shops.
Famine will stalk the land and as many as seven million people will confront extreme food insecurity—in short, starvation.
Plus, where else can you stalk your kids and go on tour with Snoop Dogg at the same time?
Traffickers often continue to harass and stalk their former captives via phone and in person.New Report Exposes Trafficking Rings in Egypt’s Sinai|John Beck|December 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
When he at last tears it from the earth, its “stalk was all frayed and the flower itself no longer seemed so fresh and beautiful.”Turning to Tolstoy’s ‘Hadji Murat’ as Boston Locked Down|Liesl Schillinger|April 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Scald one quart of milk, with half an onion and a stalk of celery; strain into a pitcher and keep hot if convenient.Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties|Janet McKenzie Hill
Stalk, three-fourths of an inch long, rather slender, inserted in a deep regular cavity.British Pomology|Robert Hogg
In the stalk of the rye occurs a knot, forming a slight bulge known to the peasantry as the “sweet joint.”Creatures of the Night|Alfred W. Rees
The stalk is tall and strong, good in colour, fit for all purposes.The Hills and the Vale|Richard Jefferies
He began to stalk his victim as noiselessly as a cat, taking advantage of every ant-hill or snowdrift to screen himself.Lives of the Fur Folk|M. D. Haviland
Word Origin for stalk
Word Origin for stalk
"stem of a plant," early 14c., probably a diminutive (with -k suffix) of stale "one of the uprights of a ladder, handle, stalk," from Old English stalu "wooden part" (as of a harp), from Proto-Germanic *stalo; related to Old English steala "stalk, support," and steall "place" (see stall (n.1)).
"pursue stealthily," Old English -stealcian, as in bestealcian "to steal along," from Proto-Germanic *stalkojanan, probably from a frequentative of the root of steal (cf. hark from hear, talk from tell). Or it may be from a sense of stalk (v.1), influenced by stalk (n.). Meaning "harass obsessively" first recorded 1991. Related: Stalked; stalking.
A stalking-horse was literally a horse trained to allow a fowler to conceal himself behind it to get within range of the game; figurative sense of "person who participates in a proceeding to disguise its real purpose" is recorded from 1610s.
"walk haughtily" (opposite meaning of stalk (v.1)) is 1520s, perhaps from stalk (n.) with a notion of "long, awkward strides," or from Old English stealcung "a stalking," related to stealc "steep, lofty."