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stalker

[staw-ker]
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noun
  1. a person who pursues game, prey, or a person stealthily.
  2. 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.
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Origin of stalker

stalk2 (verb) + -er1
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Related Words for stalker

hawker, deerstalker, huntsman, sportsman, trapper, falconer, fisherman, stalker, chaser, huntress, pursuer, pursuant

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Word Origin and History for stalker

n.

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.

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