Origin of stalked
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of stalk2
Examples from the Web for stalked
Contemporary Examples of stalked
“I stalked her,” Lavie says matter-of-factly when asked how she and Ivgy first met.‘Zero Motivation’: the Funny Side of the IDF
December 8, 2014
It is set during the Irish Civil War, when the IRA stalked the Anglo-Irish, who responded with a mixture of fear and indignation.Book Bag: The Best Imaginary Castles
June 10, 2014
When it comes to Facebook, then, it seems that the stalkers are at risk of becoming the stalked.Why Facebook’s Search Could be Huge
July 9, 2013
Harold stalks Rosemary, as he presumes Kim was stalked by her assailant.The Canadian Faulkner
June 24, 2013
There was also evidence that he stalked Giffords before shooting her.Colorado Shooter: Insane or Just Plain Evil?
Eliza Shapiro, Christine Pelisek
July 25, 2012
Historical Examples of stalked
And, hanging it over his umbrella, he stalked moodily onward.
In all their magnificence they stalked abroad, lords of the veldt.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
With this he stalked off, and I could not run after him to bash his head, because what he said was perfectly true.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
And stalked on, fearing, I suppose, every minute for his social chastity.American Notes
Muza made no reply, as he stalked slowly through the chapel.Leila, Complete
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.