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skulk

1skulk

intransitive verb \ˈskəlk\

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

Full Definition of SKULK

1
:  to move in a stealthy or furtive manner <skulked into her sister's room>
2
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

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

Rhymes with SKULK

2skulk

noun

Definition of SKULK

1
:  one that skulks
2
:  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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