[ staw-ker ]
/ ˈstɔ kər /


a person who pursues game, prey, or a person stealthily.
a person who harasses another person, as a former lover, a famous person, etc., in an aggressive, often threatening and illegal manner: Hollywood stars often have security guards to keep dangerous stalkers at bay.

Nearby words

  1. stalinsk,
  2. stalk,
  3. stalk-eyed,
  4. stalked,
  5. stalked puffball,
  6. stalking,
  7. stalking horse,
  8. stalking-horse,
  9. stalkless,
  10. stalky

Origin of stalker

stalk2 (verb) + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for stalker



early 15c., "a poacher;" also "one who prowls for purposes of theft" (c.1500), agent noun from stalk (v.1). Meaning "obsessive harasser" is from early 1990s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper