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skulk

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intransitive verb \ˈskəlk\

Simple Definition of skulk

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

Full Definition of skulk

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

  2. 2a :  to hide or conceal something (as oneself) often out of cowardice or fear or with sinister intentb 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

Synonym Discussion of skulk

lurk, skulk, slink, sneak mean to behave so as to escape attention. lurk implies a lying in wait in a place of concealment and often suggests an evil intent <suspicious men lurking in alleyways>. skulk suggests more strongly cowardice or fear or sinister intent <something skulking in the shadows>. slink implies moving stealthily often merely to escape attention <slunk around the corner>. sneak may add an implication of entering or leaving a place or evading a difficulty by furtive or underhanded methods <sneaked out early>.

Rhymes with skulk


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skulk

noun

Definition of skulk

  1. 1 :  one that skulks

  2. 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>



14th Century

First Known Use of skulk

14th century

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