stalking

[ staw-king ]
/ ˈstɔ kɪŋ /

noun

the act or an instance of stalking, or harassing another in an aggressive, often threatening and illegal manner: Stalking is now a crime in many states.

adjective

of or relating to the act of pursuing or harassing: Stalking laws have alleviated some problems for famous people.

Origin of stalking

stalk2 (verb) + -ing1

Related forms

stalk·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for stalking (2 of 2)

stalk

2
[ stawk ]
/ stɔk /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

noun

an act or course of stalking quarry, prey, or the like: We shot the mountain goat after a five-hour stalk.
a slow, stiff stride or gait.

Origin of stalk

2
1250–1300; Middle English stalken (v.), representing the base of Old English bestealcian to move stealthily, stealcung stalking (gerund); akin to steal

Related forms

stalk·a·ble, adjectivestalk·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for stalking (1 of 2)

stalk

1
/ (stɔːk) /

noun

the main stem of a herbaceous plant
any of various subsidiary plant stems, such as a leafstalk (petiole) or flower stalk (peduncle)
a slender supporting structure in animals such as crinoids and certain protozoans, coelenterates, and barnacles
any long slender supporting shaft or column

Derived Forms

stalked, adjectivestalkless, adjectivestalklike, adjective

Word Origin for stalk

C14: probably a diminutive formed from Old English stalu upright piece of wood; related to Old Frisian staal handle

British Dictionary definitions for stalking (2 of 2)

stalk

2
/ (stɔːk) /

verb

noun

the act of stalking
a stiff or threatening stride

Derived Forms

stalker, noun

Word Origin for stalk

Old English bestealcian to walk stealthily; related to Middle Low German stolkeren, Danish stalke
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Medicine definitions for stalking

stalk

[ stôk ]

n.

A slender or elongated support or structure, as one that connects or supports an organ.
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Science definitions for stalking

stalk

[ stôk ]

The main stem of a plant.
A slender structure that supports a plant part, such as a flower or leaf.
A slender supporting structure in certain other organisms, such as the reproductive structure in plasmodial slime molds or the part of a mushroom below the cap.
A slender supporting or connecting part of an animal, such as the eyestalk of a lobster.
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