intransitive verb \ˈskəlk\

: to move or hide in a secret way especially because you are planning to do something bad

Full Definition of SKULK

:  to move in a stealthy or furtive manner <skulked into her sister's room>
a :  to hide or conceal something (as oneself) often out of cowardice or fear or with sinister intent
b chiefly British :  malinger
skulk·er noun

Examples of SKULK

  1. A man was skulking around outside.
  2. She skulked into her sister's room.

Origin of SKULK

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect skulka to lie in wait, lurk
First Known Use: 13th century

Related to SKULK

lurk, mooch, mouse, pussyfoot, shirk, sneak, slide, slink, slip, snake, steal
See Synonym Discussion at lurk

Rhymes with SKULK



Definition of SKULK

:  one that skulks
:  a group of foxes

Examples of SKULK

  1. <around campus he was seen as a solitary skulk who seemed to be a little too interested in news reports of school shootings>

First Known Use of SKULK

14th century

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, spoor, trawl


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